Courses

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
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

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