Courses

Why did the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces) allow transition from direct military to civilian rule in 2011? Will North Korea’s regime collapse and if so what would change look like? What caused Russia’s de-democratization?  How important are economic and non-economic factors in sustaining authoritarian rule? Do...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 2.0
This is a course at the intersection of constitutional and political theory. Its central question concerns the conditions of legitimacy of constitutional democracy. We will ask the legitimacy question from a particular perspective – that of the (ir)relevance of the source and the original authorship of the legal and...
Instructor: Nenad Dimitrijevic
Credits: 4.0
This course will examine scholarly approaches to the study of nationalism, drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical literature, beginning with discussions of key concepts and classical debates in nationalism studies, followed by an exploration of more recent methodological considerations regarding the...
Credits: 2.0
This course, which is taught at both the PhD and MA levels, is concerned with how the so-called ‘critical turn’ in International Relations has been reflected specifically in thinking about Strategy and Security. ‘Critical Security Studies’ is, in its broadest sense, a collection of approaches all united by a profound...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
6-13 April This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies usedby candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is tointroduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to exposestudents to the most important areas...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksThe course gives an introduction to the theory of many of the currently applied graphical models. All these models attempt to describe the associations and effects among the variables, and some may be given causal interpretation. The graphical nature of these models means...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
The course aims at facilitating a discussion of some of the issues currently debated in International Relations theory. The course is centred around some of the theoretical debates in contemporary International Relations theory and is aimed at enhancing students’ ability to analyse the way various theoretical...
Instructor: Alexander Astrov
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory course for ALL tracksThis course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects.  The aim of the course is to give students the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and empirical analysis. In doing so, this course...
Instructor: Erin Jenne
Credits: 4.0
Political institutions are peculiar entities. They claim they have the right to issue binding directives (commands, rules, laws) to those within their jurisdiction and to enforce their directives against disobedience. Furthermore, they claim their directives have supremacy over the directives issued by non-political...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the study of institutions forms the core of political science. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions. The course is divided into two parts, each with its own...
Credits: 4.0
This is a four credit PhD course designed to help students who are interested in the intersections between political science, sociology and political economy. The political sociology section of the course focuses on six major subjects: 1. the development of the modern state and its social functions, 2. the structure...
Credits: 4.0
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing PhD dissertation proposals and think through related issues of career choice, research strategy, planning, and methodology. The course is structured around the research interests of probationary doctoral students, who present their prospectus plans in class, work...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 2.0
Core Course, Public Policy TrackThe course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and debates at the core of public policy and public administration as a field of scholarly inquiry. The course is designed to prepare the students for their dissertation research, and therefore provides for a broad...
Credits: 4.0
This course focuses on two closely related areas of research that are important to students of contemporary public policy: European and global governance. Whereas European integration implies the emergence of the world’s most intertwined system of multi-level governance, addressing key policy challenges with the help...
Instructor: Daniel Large, Uwe Puetter
Credits: 4.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksEvery empirical investigation in political science (and in the social sciences, in general) requires valid and reliable data, and the application of carefully selected statistical methods. The typical form of data collection is conducting a survey, and well-designed surveys...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
Core course - Comparative Politics trackCore course - Political Economy trackOver the last four decades, the world has witnessed the transition of political and economic regimes - from autocracies to democracies and various types of political regimes in between, and from closed to open market economies and back. The...
Credits: 4.0