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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 2017-19
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: Oktober 6 str. - room 305

- Office: Oktober 6 str. - room 307
- 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.
- e-mail: polsci[at]ceu.edu
Ildiko Tropa,

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 (in the Libray, 4th floor).
- 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 11- 15
- One introductory class from each course (try to attend all these classes and check out the cross-listed courses);
Mandatory Exemption/Placement test in Quantitative Methods
(September 13 at 14:30)

September 14, Thursday Welcome Reception
at 5 pm in the Rooftop Garden or Gellner room (in case of rain);
September 15, Friday 3 pm: Opening Ceremony

Schedule of the Zero week at
September 4 - 8
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 4;

For further details see the departmental schedule.
Winter and Spring Term 2018/19
- Task: Take elective courses (register at least for 8 ECTS);
- February 11, 2019: Submit revised/expanded fieldwork/analysis chapters (approx. 2/3 of the thesis);
- May 30, 2019, 3 pm: submit final version of the thesis;
- June 4-6, 2019: 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 2017/18
- 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 18 - December 8
: 2017/18 Fall semester
- Task: Take four mandatory courses, any remedial course required, and quantitative methods course, if necessary.
December 9 - January 7: Winter break
- Task: No exams, just holidays! (but final papers).
January 8 – March 29, 2018
: Winter semester
Task: Take two mandatory courses + elective courses;
- March 12: Deadline to choose thesis title and supervisor. You will have to fill in a questionnaire
April 3 - June 15, 2017
: Spring semester (no regular classes) - special courses; Thesis Writing Workshops;
- April 4: 500-word proposal
- April 26: Submit a detailed thesis proposal (approx. 2,500 words);
- April-May: Research trips (some dept. funding might be available);
- May 31: Submit first draft of an introductory/theory chapter (of approx. 5,000 words);
- June 8 and 11: Thesis workshops
June 2019:

Graduation Ceremony
- You find these displayed on the departmental notice board on the 3rd floor of the Oktober 6. str. 12 building and on the departmental website: http://politicalscience.ceu.edu.
- Some overlaps between the timeslots of the various courses are inevitable.
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 II/Introduction to political theory: Justice and Equality;
- Comparative Politics/Topics in Comparative Politics
4 mandatory courses and a quantitative methods course (if necessary) are in the Fall semester of the first year.
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 – total of 4 ECTS.
- Concepts in Political Economy/ Political Economy II– 8 ECTS;
- Introduction to political theory: Justice and Equality/ Political Theory II – 8 ECTS;
- Comparative Politics/Topics in Comparative Politics – 8 ECTS.
Program Structure
- Academic Writing (Fall)
Depending on educational background,
- Foundations of Political Philosophy (Fall) – 4 ECTS;
- Comparative European Politics (Fall) – 8 ECTS;
- Political Economy I (Fall) – 4 ECTS;
- Political Communication I (Fall) – 4 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 one drive of CEU. Please check also CEU's e-Learning site:
If you receive regular mail it will be delivered to the secretariat and an e-mail notification will be sent to you.
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.
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 11. There are no other requirements for nominations, and we will circulate these statements to all.
Election date and time will be announced later on. (Please note that MA1 students will elect their own representative so there will be two elections.)
In front of you:
Attila Folsz ...
Remedial courses:
+ 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 the Introduction to Statistics course in Fall. Attending the classes should give you the proper background necessary for Multivariate Statistics.
All students are required to take the Exemption/Placement test
Statistics or Quantitative Methods during the Zero week
September 13 at 14:30.
Fall Term 2018/19
- Task: Take missing mandatory course, choose a mandatory elective course and take elective courses (register at least for 8 ECTS) & Thesis writing;
- October 8: Submit fieldwork/analysis chapter of 8,000 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: Oktober 6 str. - room 306;
- miklosiz(at)ceu.edu

Head of Department:
Zoltan Miklosi
Andras Bozoki: political change, democratization, East Central European politics, political elites, hybrid regimes, political ideologies, and the political role of intellectuals

Nenad Dimitrijevic: constitutional theory, transitional justice, moral responsibility

Anil Duman: political economy, welfare states, social policy, inequality and labor markets

Zsolt Enyedi: political institutions, representativeness of political parties,; party organization and party competition, authoritarianism, prejudices and political tolerance, religion in electoral behavior, church and state relations, party finance

Attila Folsz: the political economy of post-communist transitions, monetary and exchange rate politics, European integration

Bela Greskovits: varieties of capitalism, social movements

Janos Kis: political philosophy, democratic theory

Borbala Kovacs: political economy; the politics of welfare state change; informality in post-socialist societies; social policy; comparative social policy analysis; qualitative research methods

Levente Littvay: US Politics, Political Psychology; Socialization, Physiology, Genetics and Neuroscience of Political Attitudes and Behaviors; Technology and Politics, Research Design; Survey Methodology; Qualitative Methods

Tamas Meszerics: decision theory, organization theories, bureaucratic politics, foreign policy, history of the cold war

Zoltan Miklosi: moral and political philosophy, distributive justice, political obligation, democratic theory
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