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Courses offered by the Institute of Political Science at M.A. level*

Politics of Transition in East-Central Europe
(Gallai, Sándor)

The primary objective of the course is to do a political review and
give an assessment of the post-communist transition in East-
Central Europe. The participants will contrast theories on
democratisation of actual political developments. We will also
discuss the nature of transformation, the characteristics of new
constitutions and institutional arrangements, the design of
election systems and their implications on party systems, the
ways of privatisation, and the issues in lustration, restitution and
archive declassification. We will assess the achievements and failures
of transition by analysing various aspects of democratic consolidation,
such as participation, competition, and the rule of law.

Social and Political Conflicts in Central Europe
(Farkas Bede, Katalin)

This subject examines some of the key developments and
processes in Central European politics. It addresses the
strengths and weaknesses of the region, the countries' struggle
to define a coherent sense of national identity, its role in global
affairs and its attempts to resolve tensions arising from new
social inequalities, combat corruption, organised crime, national
security, or energy support issues. The students will develop an
understanding of the political, historical and social contexts in
which contemporary Central Europe finds itself. They can
enhance their analytical skills and critical thinking in relation to
major concepts, events and processes like, for example,
transition from communist party rule, strikes, violence,
aggression, and minority problems. They will have the chance to
strengthen their conceptual knowledge of regime change and
social problems in contemporary conditions. They can continue
the development of critical skills and an ability to communicate

EU Law and Jurisdictions in Central Europe
(Jáger, Krisztina)

The course will discuss the jurisdiction of the Central European
states, meaning by them primarily Hungary, Poland, the Czech
Republic, and Slovakia. It will examine the influence of EU Law
on the countries' national legal character. The most important
topics will explain similar legal traditions, the concepts in
Socialist Law, the transition of legal systems, and the major legal
institutions currently in operation. We will lay special emphasis
on scope and procedure in the harmonisation process and will
carefully analyse the indirect effects of EU Law.

Social and Political Women in Central Europe
(Ilonszki, Gabriella – Nagy, Beáta)

Our aim is to introduce the current developments in the social
and political realm with respect to women issues with CEE
cases. We apply the experiences and the theoretical and
practical knowledge of Western sociology and political science.
The course seeks to introduce the major social and political
dimensions that currently outline women's positions and roles
in Central Europe. We examine how social, economic, and
political conditions determined women's positions in
communism. We will then focus on the directions of changes
after the systemic change.

Political Recruitment and Career Paths in East-Central Europe
(Jáger, Krisztina – Várnagy, Réka)

The aim of the course is to discuss professionalization of
political careers in the East-Central European democracies. The
course focuses on political elites, their recruitment, selection,
and career. The students will gain an insight into the dynamics of
elite change and their consolidation. We will deal with emerging
political career patterns in political parties, in the public sector,
and in the parliament. While the course material is largely built
on Hungarian experiences then topics will be discussed from a
comparative perspective with a lookout to East-Central Europe.

Nation, Minorities, and Minority Policies
(Dobos, Balázs)

The course aims to introduce the elements of both the
theories of nationalism and minority research, and to reveal
the various aspects of relevant scientific research of minority
issues. It will primarily concentrate on the analysis of East-
Central European minority policies after the regime change.
Within the same framework it also summarizes the political
and sociological background of the ethnic majority-minority
cleavages, the political elite's dominant ideas on ethnic
relations, determinative processes and connections. It
identifies past and present institutions and legal instruments.
Putting the complex, multidisciplinary issue into both
international and regional contexts, it touches upon both
multilateral or bilateral legal norms, and the possible ways of
kin state politics (i.e. kin state- and kin minority relations).

Political System of Hungary
(Lánczi, András – Várnagy, Réka)

This course is designed to describe the political institutions of
Hungary on the basis of her constitutional order. Classes are
arranged to present the major political institutions, like the
Parliament, the Government, the Constitutional Court, and
also the main political agents like the parties, the political elite,
or the interest representation. The institutional approach,
however, is supported by an analysis of the Hungarian political
culture with special emphasis on voter behaviour and the role
of the media. Another aspect of the course is to follow
political procedures and processes in post-communist

Courses offered by partner Departments and Institutes**

  • Market and Democracy
  • Economics of Transition in Central Europe
  • Economics of European Integration
  • International Economics
  • History of Hungary and Central Europe
  • History of Modern Europe
  • Films and History
  • The New East European Underclass
  • Social Change in the Era of Globalisation
  • Contemporary Cultural Trends in Central Europe
  • 19th and 20th Century Hungarian Art
  • Hungarian Language
  • Russian Language

* Each course includes 30 contact hours and offers 6 ECTS. 80 minute classes
are held once a week.
** The final list of courses available depends on the number of applicants
in each semester.

Last modified: 2019.01.21.