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Orientation Session for 2-year MA Students


Political Science Department

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Orientation Session for the 2-year MA Students 2016-17
Once again, welcome to the Department of Political Science. Try to make the most of our offering.
- MA program director
- He is the person to whom you can address all special requests, comments, and suggestions regarding the program and your studies.
- Office: FT 904


Tunde and Eva are the coordinators of the MA program (szabolcst(at)ceu.edu, lafferthone(at)ceu.edu)
- Offices: FT 801, 802
- Office hours: 9:00-17:00
- We are the ones to talk to about routine aspects of the program like requirements, class schedule, syllabi, readers, etc. and any issues you might have. Feel free to come and talk to us.

Tunde Szabolcs and Eva Lafferthon

Zero Week
Program Coordinators
Other offices of interest
- The student services (all offices located on floor 3 of the Nador 11 Building) deal with your accommodation, stipend, healthcare, special theatre tickets, etc.
- The Student Records Office manages course registration, issues transcripts and diplomas.
- Alumni and Career Office (Octagon area, Monument Building) keeps contact with former students and provides personalized counseling to students and alumni.
- Computer Help Desk (basement).
- The Academic Pro-Rector, the Student Council and the
University Disciplinary Committee are the ultimate authorities with respect to student complaints (for details see the CEU Student Handbook).
Diploma requirements
Complete mandatory and elective credits in courses in two years and defend a thesis in an oral exam:
September 12- 16
- One introductory class from each course (try to attend all these classes and check out the cross-listed courses);
Exemption tests
(passing an exemption test in the field of a core group gives you exemption from the given core group requirement) and in quantitative methods

[sign up with Tunde or Eva, FT#801 by 1 pm, September 8, Thursday];
September 12, Monday Welcome Reception
at 5 pm in Japanese Garden or Gellner room (in case of rain);
September 16, Friday 3 pm: Opening Ceremony
in CEU Auditorium.
September 5 - 9
Prepare for the semester:
- settle down in Budapest;
- get to know CEU facilities like the computer system and the library ;
- attend orientation sessions, including the classes and Scope and Methods
- start thinking about what classes to register for;
- Scope and Methods class at 11.00 Monday, September 5;
- Exemption prerequisite test in Quantitative Methods
For further details see the departmental schedule.
Winter and Spring Term 2017/18
- Task: Take elective courses (register at least for 8 ECTS);
- February 12, 2018: Submit revised/expanded fieldwork/analysis chapters (approx. 2/3 of the thesis);
- May 31, 2018, 3 pm: submit final version of the thesis;
- June 4-6, 2018: thesis defenses + oral exams.
Certificate programs
Basic idea: in the course of your studies for an MA in Political Science you can, if you so wish, specialize in a field of your choice, and receive from the department – in addition to your MA diploma – a certificate proving this.
Available programs in 2016/17
- Social and Political Theory
- Comparative Politics
- Political Economy
- Political Communication
- Electoral Politics
- Research Methodology
- Comparative European Politics
- Post-Communist Politics
- Public Policy
- Constitutional Politics
September 19 - December 9
: 2016/17 Fall semester
- Task: Take four mandatory courses, any remedial course required, and quantitative methods course, if necessary.
December 10 - January 8: Winter break
- Task: No exams, just holidays! (but final papers).
January 9 – March 31, 2017
: Winter semester
Task: Take two mandatory courses + elective courses;
- March 13: Deadline to choose thesis title and supervisor. You will have to fill in a questionnaire
April 3 - June 16, 2017
: Spring semester (no regular classes) - special courses; Thesis Writing Workshops;
- April 4: 500-word proposal
- May 2: Submit a detailed thesis proposal (approx. 2,500 words);
- April-May: Research trips (some dept. funding might be available);
- June 1: Submit first draft of an introductory/theory chapter (of approx. 5,000 words);
- June 8: Thesis workshops
June 2018:

Graduation Ceremony
- You find these displayed on the departmental notice board on the 8th floor of the Faculty Tower and on the departmental website: http://politicalscience.ceu.edu.
- Some overlaps between the timeslots of the various courses are inevitable. If there is such an overlap between two courses that you would like to take, ask the instructor and your classmates whether rescheduling may be possible (not likely). Class attendance is mandatory, you cannot sign up for two classes in the same time-slot.
Class schedules during the semesters:

In the Fall semester of the 2nd year, you will have 1 mandatory course plus you will have to choose one mandatory elective class from the following pair of courses:
- Political Economy II/Concepts in Political Economy;
- Political Theory/Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy;
- Topics and Methods in Comparative Politics/Comparative Politics
4 mandatory courses and a quantitative methods course (if necessary) are in the Fall semester, 20 or 28 ECTS credits.
Attend remedial courses, if needed - department will inform you.
In the Winter semester, earn approx. 25 ECTS credits, including 2 mandatory courses.
Introductury courses:
you will be contacted directly via email.
Foundational theoretical and methodological courses:
Core discipline mandatory courses:
- Research Design and Techniques [Scope and Methods] (Fall) – 4 ECTS;
- Constitutional Democracy (Winter) – 8 ECTS;
- Multivariate Statistical Analysis* (Winter) – 8 ECTS;
- Thesis Writing Workshops – total of 4 ECTS.
- Political Economy II/Concepts in Political Economy– 8 ECTS;
- Political Theory/Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy – 8 ECTS;
- Topics and Methods in Comparative Politics/Comparative Politics – 8 ECTS.
Program Structure
- Computer Skills (Fall)
- Academic Writing (Fall)
Depending on educational background,
- Foundations of Political Philosophy (Fall) – 4 ECTS;
- Comparative European Politics (Fall) – 8 ECTS;
- Political Economy I (Fall - 2 versions) – 4 ECTS;
- Political Communication (Fall or Winter) – 8 ECTS.
* Unless you pass the Exemption test in Statistics or Quantitative Methods ...you will need an intro stats course to meet prerequisites - 4 ECTS.
Mandatory Electives -
select one from the following pair of courses (recommended in the 2nd year):
You will earn at least 40 ECTS (20 CEU credits) in courses related to the given specialization, receive a B+ or better grade in each course and write your MA thesis on a topic related to the given specialization. The list of courses belonging to each specialization will be available through the departmental website.
Course readers, communication
The readers for all the courses are available in electronic form on the common ‘O:’ drive (O:\Polsci\Readers). Please check also CEU's e-Learning site:
There are pigeon holes for all of you on the 8th floor corridor. Please check them regularly.
Primary communication is via email. It is your duty as a student to check your CEU email regularly (at least once a day) and respond to all departmental requests.
Our offices have an open-door policy. Please visit the Secretariat between 9:30-16:30, if possible.
Faculty and Supervision Interests
Besides courses, you will also need to pick a thesis supervisor.
Visiting faculty in 2016/17
Julian Casanova, Zaragoza University
Zsolt Cziganyik
Pedro Riera Sagrera
Anil Duman* (N/A)
Borbala Kovacs* (Oxford University)
Jose Pereira
Roel Popping, University of Groningen
Mihály Fazekas
Marta Fraile
Takis Papas
André Baechtiger, University of Lucerne
Isabela Mares, Columbia University
Philippe C. Schmitter
All year:
Matthijs Bogaards*

Oana Lup*

Julia Szalai (ELTE University)

*also available for thesis supervision
Student representatives
As MA2 students of the Department of Political Science, you have the right to vote and the right to be elected as a representative to the Student Union of the MA students.
As of the rights and obligations of students and their representatives, please visit the site of the CEU Student Union http://www.ceu.edu/studentlife/student-union
Please send short statement that you would like to run as a candidate to the departmental email (polsci(at)ceu.edu) by Monday, September 12. There are no other requirements for nominations, and we will circulate these statements to all.
Elections will take place via email. (Please note that MA1 students will elect their own representative so there will be two elections.)
In front of you:
Attila Folsz ...
Remedial courses:
0 - 20 ECTS
+ Elective courses - 36 ECTS
Complete 100 ECTS credits in total
mandatory and elective courses.
Submit and defend an approx. 18,000-word-long thesis (20 ECTS).
See departmental guidelines and deadlines for thesis writing.
Pass the Comprehensive oral exam:
Exam questions will be distributed ahead of time. (You can check them on the website.) - Draw and answer question(s) before an exam committee.
Mostly in the second year;
can be offered or cross-listed and/or PhD level courses of the department or other courses.
You will have to take the Multivariate Statistics course in the Winter semester – this course requires some background knowledge in statistics. This course has a prerequisite of
- (A) either passing Exemption test in quantitative methods; or
- (B) passing one of the Quantitative Methods courses in Fall. Attending the classes should give you the proper background necessary for Multivariate Statistics.
All students are required to take the Exemption Prerequisite Test in Quantitative Methods during the Pre-session
Today at 12:30.
Fall Term 2017/18
- Task: Take missing mandatory course, choose a mandatory elective course and take elective courses (register at least for 8 ECTS) & Thesis writing;
- October 9: Submit fieldwork/analysis chapter of 9,000 words;
You are to elect your representative and his/her deputy.

Representatives will be invited to dept. meetings to take part in decisions;
Representatives can also take up positions in various university bodies.

- Office: FT 903;
- schneiderc(at)ceu.edu

Head of Department:
Carsten Schneider
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