• Over the last three decades,
    the world has witnessed the transition of political regimes from different forms
    of autocracy to various new types of political regimes. The initial euphoria
    about the possible global success of democracy has given way to more careful
    and skeptical assessments because in many of these regime changes the outcome
    has been everything but a consolidated democracy. Today, in virtually all world
    regions we observe a variety of hybdrid regime types and instable democracies of
    low qualities. This course is designed to give a broad overview of the
    literature on the processes of politicial regime transition in the late 20th
    and early 21st century and the increasing scholarly attention to
    conceptualizing and explaining hybrid regimes and the qualities of democracy. The
    topic of this course will be dealt with from a global perspective. We will thus
    attempt to capture cases and evidence from different world regions. More
    generally, we will approach the topic of regime changes from the
    empirical-analytic research tradition. This implies that - as a side effect - in
    this course we will deal with general issues in doing comparative social
    research, such as concept formation (i.e. how to define, conceptualize, and
    measure the phenomenon under study) and different strategies of drawing
    inference from observational data.
  • The course will acquaint the students with some of the foundational questions in the philosophy of social sciences; it will offer a brief outline and evaluation of the main methodological approaches. By the end of the course students should be able to write a coherent research outline and justify their methodological choices.
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  • This mandatory class aims to show you how computers can make your life a lot easier when doing statistical analysis. The goal of the course is to teach you how to do the most commonly used statistical analysis with the most commonly used statistical software. Software used in this class is Excel, SPSS and possibly R.
  • One of the foundations of democratic politics is free and fair elections and the act of voting. Questions concerning how people vote and the ideal way to elect our representatives have been around since the first elections were held. This is a four-credit MA-level course recommended to students who want to know what state of the art political science literature says about these questions. More specifically, students with an interest in voting behavior, electoral systems and empirical democratic theory should sign up for this course. We will focus on the implications of different models of representation and review the electoral behavior literature to better understand why and how people vote.
  • This is a course on the
    fundamental political institutions of modern, primarily democratic, societies.
    The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge
    research on the development and consequences of political institutions, and to
    discuss the normative and empirical regime-alternatives.


    The course will

    1. discuss the principal theoretical
    frameworks of comparative government

    2. analyze the
    ways how institutions constrain behavior, both mechanically and
    psychologically, and how they endow actors with resources.

    3. help students to conduct comparative
    analysis, with a strong awareness of the methodological opportunities and
    dangers involved in such an exercise

    The course centers on the
    institutions related to preference aggregation and government building, and
    will treat institutions involved in policy making and implementation only
    marginally. The geographical focus is on Europe and North

  • This is an advanced course in the history of political theory. We will examine central works of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau in their historical contexts, with special attention to their place in the contract tradition and implications of reading texts in their historical contexts. Important commentaries will be examined along with the texts themselves.
  • Located in one of the world's most troubled zones, between Russia, China and the Middle East, Central Asia relies on its substantial human and natural resources to negotiate its status in global politics.

    This module aims to analyse post-Soviet Central Asian politics by paying attention to both domestic and international factors. Topics reviewed include state- and nation-building, political and economic transformation, political Islam, hard and soft security, and the role of external powers.