Courses

The students will get familiar with the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Jewish people in Eastern and Central Europe from the Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1772-1793) to the 20th century interwar period.  They will acquire a deeper knowledge of the various issues related to...
Instructor: Israel Bartal
Credits: 4.0
The aim of this course is to explore how anthropological methods have been applied and with what success in the study of ethnic, racial and national conflicts and movements. The course will both introduce you to methodologically outstanding attempts to operationalise the theoretical models you have met earlier on in...
Instructor: Michael Stewart
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practising, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The course will also address other skills needed for graduate level work in English.During the course, you will:Become more...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 0.0
The course is designed to start with the essentials of European politics – the understanding of democracy, of parliamentary systems, of elections, of parties and interest groups. Based on these essentials, specific political systems will be approached – major (i.e. larger) as well as smaller countries. The phenomenon...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
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
Goal of the courseThe course will equip students with practical knowledge, skills, and values to understand and assess policies towards marginalized ethnic and other minority groups through the case of Roma in EuropeDescription of the courseThe way ethnicity and ethnic identity is dealt with by the State represents an...
Instructor: Rostas
Credits: 2.0
The seminar is devoted to the discussion of planned thesis projects. Each student presents his/her plan after which the seminar continues with a discussion of the conceptual framework, research methodology and available literature on the topic of the proposal.
Credits: 1.0
A documentary filmmaking course designed to fit the interests and needs of CEU students across a variety of departments.  With the proliferation of platforms for moving images in both public and private spaces, the ability to communicate through moving images is a basic skill that is becoming ever more important in...
Instructor: Jeremy Braverman
Credits: 2.0
This course is intended to assist first year PhD students in preparing for the comprehensive exam by surveying a major regional field. It deals with the vast space of Eastern and East-Central Europe that became the borderland of the Romanov, Habsburg and Hohenzollern empires after the collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 2.0
 Most multiethnic and multiracial societies are characterized by an unequal distribution of resources between particular ethnic or racial groups.   States can chose to ignore ethnic and racial cleavages and enforce a strict policy of universalism and individual merit, or they can try to devise policies aimed at...
Instructor: Mária M. Kovács
Credits: 4.0
This course explores the history of attempts to create a more durable and legitimate international order for 20th-century Europe – both after the two world wars and after the cold war. Placing them in a global context, and introducing classic and new perspectives of historical research, it focuses on different ...
Instructor: Patrick Cohrs
Credits: 1.0
Course description: The course is designed to focus on the analysis of federalism using the cases of three rather different systems. Despite the continental dimension, the EU, the US and India have in common, the three systems differ greatly: -         The United States, together with Switzerland, is considered the...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to focus on the analysis of federalism using the cases of three rather different systems. Despite the continental dimension, the EU, the US and India have in common, the three systems differ greatly:* The United States, together with Switzerland, is considered the most traditional federal system...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The course will provide an overview and analysis of various state-organized acts of violence, examples of ethnic cleansing, genocides and mass murders during the twentieth century. Questions and events in focus will be examined through a coherent conceptual framework and with a strong comparative aspect. The focus of...
Instructor: Gábor Kádár
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to provide an overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of the protection of freedom of religion. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept of law and human rights; the balancing of conflicting rights and constitutional values and...
Instructor: András László Pap
Credits: 2.0
External Minority Protection The course will concentrate on problems of national self-determination and external minority protection.  We will examine various theories of self-determination, the extent and actual content of self-determination rights, the extent to which self-determination is regarded as a legal right...
Instructor: Maria M. Kovacs
Credits: 4.0
This course will explore different aspects of nationalism in Southeastern Europe. Focusing on former Yugoslavia, the course will also include case studies and discussions on other countries of the Balkans. Following a historical introduction, the class will mostly consider different aspects of nationalism in the...
Instructor: Florian Bieber
Credits: 2.0
The course will examine the main contemporary theories of nationalism, analyze key concepts and discuss classical debates in the study of nationalism. The course will also serve as a methodological introduction to the study of nationalism. First, we will discuss why nationalism is still an important moving force in...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of minority protection. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept and evolution of minority rights and various rights-based approaches to recognizing minorities, such as...
Instructor: András László Pap
Credits: 4.0
 Themes: Russian and Western historiography on the Russian Revolution, current Russian approaches to the centenary of the Revolution, and broader intellectual issues of historian’s craft, including questions of objectivity, periodization and “what if?” approaches.
Instructor: Sheila Fitzpatrick
Credits: 1.0
The course will concentrate on the most influential sociological and social-psychological theories of nationalism, national, ethnic, supranational and transnational identity, national feeling, majority-minority relations and ethnic conflicts. After a general introduction, the lectures will deal with sociological and...
Instructor: Andras Kovacs
Credits: 4.0
The course intends to approach the topic of Nationalism from the perspective of Political Theory. After more history oriented viewpoints, the course will focus on different concepts contemporary political theory is using – like modernization, totalitarianism, democracy, transformation. The aspect of multi-level and...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
This course offers a very short introduction to the study of nationalism. In the first week we’ll analyse basic concepts of the nation and typologies of nationalism, placing them in historical context. In the second week we’ll discuss theories that seek to explain nationalism’s origins and its effects on human life....
Instructor: Erica Benner
Credits: 2.0
This course will explore the individual internal and external determinants of the recent global migration process to Europe. The students will be introduced to the methods of the research dealing with the complex cultural, sociological, anthropological and psychological problems of this migration. The course also has...
Instructor: Antal Örkény
Credits: 2.0
This course will examine the processes leading to the civic and political emancipation of the Jews in nineteenth-century Europe.  It will focus on aspects of the legal, social and cultural history of the Jews from the sixteenth century onward in an effort to understand the different paths to emancipation in England,...
Credits: 4.0
The goal of this course is to develop your confidence and competence as a writer in an academic context. To this end, we will spend the year cultivating the skills necessary for writing well-organized, logically sound, and rhetorically effective papers. We will work on organizational strategies, stylistic finesse,...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0
RELI 6002 CEU University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason and Nature in ReligionInstructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh (Department of History and Center for Religious Studies)Host Department: Center for Religious StudiesCross listed: History, Philosophy, Sociology, Cognitive SciencesCredits: 2 creditsStatus: Elective;...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
Long deemed to be "privatized" or marginalized in a context of "secularization", religion has returned to the center of politics, both domestic and internationally, if it ever was out. With a comparative focus on Christianity and Islam in Western Europe and North America, this course looks at religion as foundational...
Instructor: Christian Joppke
Credits: 2.0
This course will provide insights into the main structural factors and currents in local communities that make  Roma poverty different from the similar state of non-Roma through processes of racialization. For this purpose, the course will offer an introduction to the concepts and the methodology of understanding...
Instructor: Julia Szalai
Credits: 2.0
 Course descriptionThis course introduces students to the history of Soviet Jewry between World War One and the fall of the Soviet Union, with a particular emphasis on the Jewish experience of the World War One and the Russian Civil War. The Jews of Tsarist Russia – the largest Jewish community at the time – were...
Instructor: Mihály Kálmán
Credits: 2.0
The course takes its departure from that of Michael Stewart on "Anthropological Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism." It is deliberately planned to couple the theories, concepts, methodological assumptions, and empirical investigations of anthropology with the respective building-blocks in the sociology of...
Instructor: Julia Szalai
Credits: 2.0
 Course DescriptionThis course will examine the ways in which the modern European identities and regional cultures are formed and inter-communicated in the Eastern part of the European continent. The course work is based on a fresh survey data, a cross cultural comparative project carried out between 2009 and 2011...
Instructor: Antal Örkény
Credits: 2.0
Course DescriptionThe special short fieldtrips aims to provide professional experiences in a variety of minority research issues, and give unique opportunities to see relevant research institutes and archives in Budapest. During the individual visits, we get an insight into the current work there, meet professionals...
Instructor: Antal Örkény
Credits: 2.0
 In turbulent times, artists have had various social roles and commitments to history, politics and ideology. These roles and commitments went far beyond the notion of their traditionally conceived role as visual entertainers, and as providers of pure aesthetic pleasure. The course will focus on modern, 19th and 20th ...
Instructor: Edit Andras
Credits: 4.0
This course will focus on ethnic prejudice and specifically on the sociological understanding of prejudice against certain minority groups. We will examine the most influential classical theories of prejudice and will deal with the more recent developments in this field of research. At the same time, the course will...
Instructor: Luca Váradi
Credits: 4.0