Courses

This course will explore the internal and external determinants of the recent global migration process to Europe. During the semester we invite excellent researchers and experts to share the most important issues in their field with regard to migration and refugee issue. On the one hand the students will be introduced...
Instructor: Antal Örkény
Credits: 2.0
German-speaking historians have contributed significantly to the development of history as an academic discipline. This fact is strongly correlated with the central geographic position of the German cultural sphere on the European continent and the political importance of German states in European history over the...
Instructor: Max Trecker
Credits: 2.0
The course provides an overview of anthropological and ethnographic approaches to one of the great issues of our time - ethnic and national convlict.Beginning from an examination of the relevance of the sociology of nationalism, we move through a series of ethnographic examples to consider problems of political...
Instructor: Michael Stewart
Credits: 2.0
This course offers a problem-oriented approach to the arts in a national context. Alternating between close analysis of selected representative examples and a critical approach to national self-representation in comparative perspective, it aims to introduce students to the creation and display of objects ranging from...
Instructor: Robyn Radway
Credits: 2.0
Narrative is a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change, and thus this a study of the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects would help us in understanding the nature of identities. This...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
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
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)This course explores the broad topic of dynastic states in early modern Eurasian history. More specifically, it seeks to discuss the complex patterns of continuity and change in the key institutions of the so-called 'composite empires' between the 1450s and the early...
Instructor: Günhan Börekçi
Credits: 4.0
This in an introductory course in the developing field of studies on communism and gender, in which we will explore historical, theoretical and global perspectives on the topic.Mainstream narratives about communism in Europe or China depict it as oppressive, gloomy, and a failure. In 1956 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0
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 in form of cases studies, always based on a comparative ...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
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
Since this is an advanced seminar, it will be tailored where possible to the specific research interests of the students, who will develop reading texts and presentation strategies in consultation with the instructors. Those whose primary research focus is not Eastern Europe may also introduce appropriate comparative...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 2.0
The course aims to foster the critical engagement with recent and classic scholarship on empire and nationalism in 19th – early 20th century. Particular attention will be focused on four continental empires on European periphery – Germany, Habsburg monarchy, the Romanov Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This course...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 1.0
 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
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 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
Captioned press photos, music videos, illegible handwriting, typographic film, visual poetry, cinema trailers, digital hypertext … the intersections of image and writing are numberless. The course will explore this heterogeneous field by focusing on selected ‘written images’ or ‘pictorial script’ from the 19th century...
Instructor: Ulrich Meurer
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: 4.0
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
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
Jews have been identified with the city to such an extent that they are often described as the quintessential urban dwellers.  This course examines the multifaceted and multivalent relationships between Jews and the city, from medieval Europe and North Africa to modern Europe, America and the Middle East.  It explores...
Credits: 4.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
Credits: 2.0
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
This course aims to introduce students to the basic debates and methodologies of the digital humanities (DH), and to think through how these approaches and methods might best be applied in their respective (historical or other humanities) projects and disciplines. After tracing how this interdisciplinary field has...
Credits: 2.0
In this course we focus on social, political and cultural transformations of the East Central Europe, by which we understand the territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that in the late eighteenth century were incorporated into the Romanov, Habsburg, and Hohenzollern monarchies, and through the...
Credits: 4.0
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
Course description: 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...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
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
How many Roma are there? Who is Roma and who is not? These questions shaped the narratives on Roma by governments and scholars soon after Roma’s arrival in Europe. To date, answers to these questions vary depending on the position of authority of those who investigate them. However, very few existing narratives...
Instructor: Iulius Rostas
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
Gender based violence is one of the main social forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. Brought to international and national policy agendas by feminist movements it has lately become a core policy issue discussed not just in the framework of gender equality but related to policies on human rights, crime...
Credits: 2.0
Renaissance Studies form a connecting link between medieval studies and modern history, just as the Renaissance is often referred to as the "early modern" period between the Middle Ages and modernity. The familiar labels attached to the Renaissance since its first historical construction by Jacob Burckhardt, such as "...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
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
Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest intransnationalism and citizenship across many disciplines. The primary aim of this courseis to provide an overview of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives related tocitizenship and transnational membership. The course will...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 4.0
Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in transnationalism and citizenship across many disciplines. The primary aim of this course is to provide an overview of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives related to citizenship and transnational membership. The course...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0
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
Part of Mandatory “Foundations in Historical Methods and Theories” for Matilda students.This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the field of women’s and gender history and its main concepts, theories and approaches, and to familiarize them with the challenges and (hopefully)...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0