Courses

Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
Advanced methods for ALL tracks.This course gives an introduction to some of the hottest topics in multivariate analysis. The approaches discussed do no try to build a simplistic model of how some variables may affect other ones, rather ask, whether, with an appropriate definition of these concepts, associations and...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
The birthplace of the nation-state and multi-national empires, Central and Eastern Europe is unique inthe world for its heterogeneous mix of peoples who have long identified as distinct nations, ethnicgroups and other ascriptively defined groups. It is also unique for its long history of conflictmanagement. From the...
Instructor: Erin Kristin Jenne
Credits: 4.0
Questions of nationalism, populism and ethnic conflict reemerged in the 1990s as the European Union prepared to open its doors to ten countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Many of these countries contained minorities that had endured decades of economic or social discrimination. In the context of political...
Instructor: Erin Kristin Jenne
Credits: 4.0
Introduces network science and the set of tools used to understand complex networks emerging in social and economic systems. Focuses on the empirical study of real networks, with examples from computer science (World Wide Web, Internet), social systems (e-mail, friendship networks), political systems (voting patterns...
Instructor: László Barabási
Credits: 2.0
This course will introduce students to the design and implementation of modern fiscal frameworks with a special emphasis on the euro area. The current explosion of the number of independent fiscal institutions (fiscal councils) worldwide reflects an emerging consensus among economists that independent fiscal watchdogs...
Instructor: Ludovit Odor
Credits: 2.0
The way science works raises deep and pressing philosophical questions. Is there a way to demarcate science from non-science? How is scientific knowledge made reliable? Is it giving us access to reality or is it merely a tool for successful prediction? The so-called “analytic” project (following Barker...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 2.0
Political institutions are peculiar entities. They claim a right to issue binding directives (commands, rules, laws) to those within their jurisdiction and to enforce their directives against disobedience. Furthermore, they claim that their directives have supremacy over the directives issued by non-political...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
This course is a graduate-level seminar that introduces students to contemporary research on the political economy of development. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach and examines readings from both economics and political science. The materials cover the following three components: i) the theoretical...
Instructor: Xiang Li
Credits: 4.0
This advanced topic course will run in the Winter term for one week, between 7-11 March.The course explains why financial markets exist and how they have evolved by looking at the agents, actors, and institutions that generate a demand for them. The consequences of increasingly integrated markets, and the possibility...
Instructor: Herman Schwartz
Credits: 2.0
This course presents description and analysis of the emergence, evolution and current state of world financial system. We begin with classical introductory papers, and then we follow with historical overview with emphasis on the last two decades when globalization led to dramatic expansion of the world financial...
Instructor: Julius Horvath
Credits: 4.0
This is an MA course, combining theory and policy, addressing the fundamentals of what remains of the EU after Brexit. It addresses the history, institutional evolution as well as the core policies of the changing structures of the European Union, focusing on those relating to money and decision making on Community...
Instructor: László Csaba
Credits: 4.0
The course proposes focused readings in power and resistance studies. It privileges a humanities (as opposed to a positivistic/scientistic) perspective, which is motivated by the desire to offer new intelligibilities, via the destabilisation of everyday, commonsensical and dominant scholarly knowledge’s, of OUR...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 2.0
The course in the winter term focuses on the entanglement of relations of power, modes of fabricating subjects and subjectivities, modes of making a living and modes of resistance. The topics and readings have been selected with the purpose of offering students critical perspectives on the contemporary that are...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 2.0
The  course covers major chapters of public international law, although it cannot touch upon all the topics of a standard manual. Specific emphasis is given to the fundamental principles (including debates on the use of force), the rights of the individual, (human rights, refugee law, international criminal law), the...
Instructor: Boldizsár Nagy
Credits: 4.0
The course covers selected chapters of public international law. Specific emphasis is given to the use of force and the 21st century developments (drones, targeted killings, counter-terrorism), the rights of the individual, (human rights, refugee law, international criminal law), the rules of international...
Instructor: Boldizsár Nagy
Credits: 4.0
The aim of this course is to link public policies and policy-making processes to (party) politics. The course takes a comparative angle and will look at how party politics in different institutional settings interferes with public-policymaking and how diverging political ideologies influence and shape public policies...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
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 introduces the fundamentals of social science research design and familiarizes students with several approaches to social analysis and their respective methods. It begins with a discussion of most general ground rules for social research applicable across all kinds of research projects. It continues with...
Credits: 4.0
This is the second part of the mandatory course Research Design and Methods in IR, which,after introducing students to quantitative methods and more general questions of researchdesign in the first part, will focus on qualitative methods, case study selection, and guidestudents towards crafting their own...
Instructor: Hannes Cerny
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an introduction into qualitative research design and methods. In particular, we will discuss methods that can be used when comparing a small number of cases, such as process-tracing, case study analysis, and post-structuralist and interpretivist approaches. We will also examine and work with some...
Credits: 2.0
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying Russian foreign policy making. Itintegrates scholarship from political science, international relations, international political sociology,critical geopolitics and area studies to make a better sense of the conditions and trajectories of thecurrent discourse...
Instructor: Xymena Kurowska
Credits: 2.0
The field of security studies has proven one of the most dynamic and contested areas in International  Relations, giving rise to versatile research agendas over the last decades. The development of these  agendas has unfolded in close affinity with the young field of International Political Sociology that  responds to...
Instructor: Xymena Kurowska
Credits: 2.0
The course introduces participants into the study of contentious politics and social movements in various historical periods and distinct parts of the world. With Barrington Moore we ask: “why people so often put up with being the victims of their societies and why at other times they become very angry and try with...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0
This course introduces participants into the study of: a) the forms in which varied external actors as well as international trade, capital markets, debt, and recessions influence domestic policy and politics; b) the pattern of alliance and conflict among the affected interest groups; c) the diversity of capitalist...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0
This course is focused mainly on Strategic Studies; on the discipline’s major assumptions about the military sector of international security, from both traditional and more non-traditional (‘Critical’) perspectives. In doing so, the course will engage both IR (war as a generic phenomenon) and Foreign Policy (war as a...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationThe course focuses on the causes of terrorism and the measures that states adopt to fight terrorism. Students will become familiar with a range of terrorist organizations, their goals and their strategies, as well as a variety of counter-terrorism strategies...
Instructor: Nick Sitter
Credits: 4.0
While transnational terrorism dominates the headlines, the most common type of terrorist attack is domestic. This course introduces students to the Comparative Politics of terrorism. It conceptualizes terrorists and terrorist groups as actors whose actions should be understood within the context of a country’s...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to give a thorough but intuitive overview of the main causes and consequences of underdevelopment in the global economy. The focus will be on country-level analysis, but inequality within countries will also be discussed. Students will be exposed to the role of technology, human capital,...
Instructor: István Kónya
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration This course provides an intensive introduction to the global politics of China. China is now very prominent in global affairs, but the course is not just about current affairs per se. While seeking to enable engagement with current events, including China’s...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
Core course for International Relations, Political Economy and Public Policy tracks.What does development mean? Who wants development and why? How have power structures shaped which strategies are applied over time and across regions? How does the interaction of different actors affect development? This course studies...
Instructor: Kristin Makszin
Credits: 4.0
Elective course, Media and Communications Specialization/ConcentrationArticle 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articulates the rights of individuals to “…seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”  The Internet has had a substantial impact on the...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
Credits: 2.0
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than a persistent struggle for control over land or a religious clash. It also serves different functions for outside actors who inject the conflict with their own meanings and pursue their own interests. Conversely, the conflict is projected outwards, with ideas, identities...
Instructor: Yoav Galai
Credits: 4.0
In this MA course is composed of a series of lectures and seminars. We address the basic issue: what is needed for economic success in countries where it is no longer the Communist past that defines the path of current development? What is the reason that there are more failures than successes? And how can countries...
Instructor: László Csaba
Credits: 4.0
In 2012, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the European Union its famed Peace Prize for having advanced the causes of “peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights” over the course of seventy years. Today, the very Union appears under threat, as numerous fault-lines caused by the pressures of resurgent...
Instructor: Mate Nikola Tokic
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationThis course offers an introduction to the politics of Indian and particularly Chinese development engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa. It uses a thematic approach, combined with a case-study method, to cover key trends. In this way, it explores the direct and less...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
The main objective of the course is to familiarise the participants with major questions that concern the ways in which societies are politically organized and interact with the state in the Middle East. In order to achieve this objective and understand the modes of state-societal interaction, we will examine concepts...
Instructor: Emel Akcali
Credits: 4.0
students will have the opportunity to examine and understand the scope, nature, structure and contemporary meaning of a 20th century economic and societal system: Soviet communism and its development, history, achievements, failures, ideas and crimes. Soviet communism was a historical attempt to resolve the perceived...
Instructor: Lajos Bokros
Credits: 4.0
This course will focus on the nexus between three different but linked types of security:  energy, water, and food. “Nexus thinking,” whereby the interrelationships between energy, food and water become the primary unit of analysis, is spurring innovations in theoretical understandings and policy design. Increasingly...
Credits: 4.0
While most courses focus on either the domestic or the foreign policy aspect of U.S. politics, our starting assumption is that it is impossible to have a sound grasp of either without also taking the other into account. By integrating domestic politics and foreign policy, the course seeks to achieve a more holistic...
Credits: 4.0
This course introduces students to the decision-making process inside the US government on US foreign policy responses to selected international crises since the end of the Cold War.  Broad questions include defining US national security in a rapidly changing global environment, assessing the importance of human...
Instructor: John Shattuck
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces students to the decision-making process inside the US government on selected problems in foreign policy since the end of the Cold War during the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  The class will analyze the role played by the US in the post-Cold War world, examine...
Instructor: John Shattuck
Credits: 1.0
The main objective of this course is to introduce students into the state of art scholarship and debates in the study of nationalism, and help them to critically engage with and think of contemporary neo-nationalism and populist nationalism. The course aims at familiarizing students with key concepts and theories as...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0

War

War involves widespread killing and maiming. For this reason it is of utmost importance to understand the morality that governs the conduct for, and in, war. Besides its practical importance war also raises many philosophical interesting issues. In this course we will explore some prominent aspects of war theory. We...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students The invasion of Iraq in 2003 gave the US, the UN, and dozens of NGOs an opportunity (and funds) to experiment with policies intended to promote democracy, development, and peace.  Which ones worked and which ones failed?  What...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0
2 credit course, continues in the Winter semesterDay and Time: Tuesday 15:30 { 17.20 (bi-weekly basis)Welfare states and social security schemes are central to industrialized modern democracies. However, globalization and structural domestic changes increasingly challenge these achievements. Questions concerning...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0
This course, open to MA and PhD students, introduces participants into the life and work of four major thinkers of the XXth century, Albert O. Hirschman, Alexander Gerschenkron, Karl Polanyi, and Friedrich A. Hayek, whose thoughts remain influential and are widely debated even today.The course does not offer a full...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0

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