Courses

For your department, this course will be held during the pre-session and first semester. The idea behind this first part of the program is to introduce you to the kind of challenges and difficulties connected to English academic writing that you will meet in your study here and give you the chance to reflect upon and...
Credits: 2.0
This course is an advanced critical introduction to the methodologies of socio-cultural anthropology and sociology, paying special attention to the epistemological foundations, ethics of fieldwork, politics of knowledge, and varieties of techniques and methods conventionally used by researchers. We will discuss the...
Credits: 4.0
The spatial dimension of the social world is a major part of sociological and anthropological research; places and landscapes serve as containers of individual memories and peoples' histories; they cause fears and hopes, evoke emotions or trigger violence; they are at the heart of shared identities and they are tools...
Instructor: Andreas Dafinger
Credits: 2.0
The doctrine of 'class' in social theory, empirical sociology, methodology, etc. has always been fundamental in understanding complex societies – valuable thoughts concerning class had been bequeathed to us by the ancient sages of India and China.Nevertheless, the importance of class in modernity was assured by the...
Credits: 2.0
Definitions of ‘colonialism’ and ‘postcolonialism’ vary. Colonialism is sometimes understood as a specific event or experience of the past. Colonialism is also understood as an ongoing exercise of economic, military or political power by stronger states over weaker ones (‘neo-colonialism’). Still others point to...
Instructor: Prem Kumar Rajaram
Credits: 4.0
‘Thinking without comparison is unthinkable.’ Yet the comparative method has become something distinctive, and comparative history, politics, government, literature as well as comparative-historical sociology have been institutionalized as separate fields. The course explores these explicit comparative strategies in...
Instructor: Judit Bodnár
Credits: 4.0
Building on the Classical Sociological Theory and Classical Anthropology courses of last Fall,  this class introduces the major concepts and theories of contemporary social theory.  Contemporary social theory is understood as a set of both general theories of the social, and theories of modernity/the present. The...
Instructor: Alexandra Kowalski
Credits: 4.0
two classes per week between 24 October and 5 December 2016Policy has emerged as an increasingly politicized field of governmental action, both within and across nations. This politicization goes alongside attempts to de-politicize policy, claiming that it is merely a matter of technocratic, administrative or...
Instructor: John Clarke
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to offer our students a perspective on social research and social studies, especially social theory, which should – and perhaps might – inspire them to self-reflection and permanent questioning, chiefly of the conceptual framework(s) prevalent in the contemporary discourse concerning ‘the...
Credits: 2.0
Is ethnicity ascriptive or negotiated? Does it foreshadow, compliment, compete or subvert sensibilities such as nationalism, religious affiliation, spiritual belonging or class solidarity? Is it an empowering, emancipatory vector which contributes to freedom and equality, or an essentializing, coercive force that...
Instructor: Dan Rabinowitz
Credits: 4.0
This course is geared for students preparing for a first encounter with ethnographic fieldwork as well as for those who have already had some experience in this medium of inquiry. It provides an introduction to some of the principal methods for conducting field research in anthropology and in neighboring disciplines....
Instructor: Dan Rabinowitz
Credits: 2.0
The fields of food and agriculture are inherently interdisciplinary, as they integrate the large-scale politics of agricultural policy-making with the cultural specificity of taste; farmer agricultural practices with their environmental and social impacts; local knowledge systems with academic research findings....
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 4.0
Knowing how to obtain and process data is a prerequisite for critical reading of sociological and anthro¬pological work, as well as part of a researcher’s key competence. This course introduces the sociologist’s and anthropologist’s toolbox, debating the potential and the pitfalls of major methodo¬logical tools. The...
Instructor: Andreas Dafinger
Credits: 4.0
The course examines key theoretical concepts and approaches in the history of anthropology, following two parallel paths. The first path focuses on the history of the discipline itself exploring the development of historical particularism, structural functionalism and structuralism.  This path follows the early...
Instructor: Prem Kumar Rajaram
Credits: 2.0
This course intends to give the graduate students a detailed insight into the emergence of sociology as a distinct discipline, and the development of sociological theory, based on the works of the core founding theorists, at a time period beginning from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. At the...
Instructor: Jean-Louis Fabiani
Credits: 2.0
What is the relation of the political, and the social, to the legal? How are these relations given meaning and structured by different actors? This course aims to give students a foundational understanding of the productive and repressive capacities of law. We will study the role of law in the production and...
Instructor: Prem Kumar Rajaram
Credits: 2.0
This course is a reflexive and praxis oriented introduction to methodology in sociology and social anthropology.  We focus on the way in which social theories are brought into relation with evidence (whatever the source).  There are some premises that the course is based on: One is that social research is ultimately...
Instructor: Balazs Vedres
Credits: 2.0
This course examines developments in the vibrant field of “new” economic sociology, and first outlines how gender and culture operate as influences on markets, such as how markets are constrained by networks, norms, and social ties on economic exchange.  We next consider markets as cultural formations in their own...
Instructor: Ashley Mears
Credits: 4.0
Brief introduction to the course:While probability theory describes random phenomena, mathematical statistics teaches us how to behave in the face of uncertainties, according to the famous mathematician Abraham Wald. Roughly speaking, we will learn strategies of treating randomness in everyday life. Taking this course...
Instructor: Marianna Bolla
Credits: 3.0
An anthropology of modernity starts with blurring the conventional liberal ‘trias’ of state, market and civil society, foundational notions upon which the modern disciplines of economics, political science and sociology are built. These notions have been seen as basic recipes for modern rule and Western power, among...
Instructor: Don Kalb
Credits: 4.0
The course explores, from an interdisciplinary perspective, social mechanisms of political radicalism since the French Revolution. Lectures will introduce different interdisciplinary perspectives, employing approaches from the fields of social and intellectual history, social anthropology, sociology, and political...
Credits: 4.0
It has been more than two decades that societies in Central and Eastern Europe started to disengage themselves from the state socialist path of modernization and to experiment with market based organization of society. It is debated if the results should be called ‘capitalism’ or ‘capitalisms’ or capitalism with...
Instructor: Violetta Zentai
Credits: 2.0
RELI 6002 CEU University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason and Nature in ReligionInstructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh (Department of History and Center for Religious Studies)Host Department: Center for Religious StudiesCross listed: History, Philosophy, Sociology, Cognitive SciencesCredits: 2 creditsStatus: Elective;...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
While explaining religion has been central to social anthropology from its beginnings, it has also become a focal topic of theoretical interest and empirical investigation in recent naturalistic approaches to the origins and social transmission of cumulative cultural knowledge. The course will explore and contrast...
Credits: 2.0
When it emerged in the 19th century in Europe and North America, labor history study tended to combine two features together, which are the so-called “methodological nationalism” and “Euro-centralism”. This course will move beyond these two general limitations within traditional labor history study, and provide a...
Instructor: Ju Li
Credits: 2.0
Social Movements have been from the start a central object of the social sciences: how do people behave collectively? How do they coordinate? What are the costs of a mobilization? What are the tools used (gatherings, voice, violence and so on) Who gets involved, and who does not? What triggers a movement, what makes...
Instructor: Jean-Louis Fabiani
Credits: 4.0
The publication of the famous essay: „The Gift“ by Marcel Mauss provoked an ongoing debate in anthropology, sociology and philosophy about the theoretical foundations of social theory. Does the paradigm of the gift offer a point of departure to overcome the shortcomings in conceptualizing the ‘social’? To devise a...
Instructor: Helmuth Berking
Credits: 2.0
Cultural politics and policies have defined the modern national state since the late 18th century—and their relevance in the post-national era is now, paradoxically perhaps, only growing. The course offers a critical and historical overview of politics and policies of culture through the modern era, until the radical...
Instructor: Alexandra Kowalski
Credits: 4.0
This course provides a critical debate of the history, politics and the academic discourse of recent development politics and practice. Development is a major framework for globalization on several levels: questions of economic growth, poverty and inequality are framed in terms of development and international...
Instructor: Andreas Dafinger
Credits: 4.0
The way scientists and scholars study human beings, their culture and society has often been considered to be different from the way other objects of science are studied, be it because of the reflexivity, freedom or the normativity involved in studying human beings. In addition, none of the academic disciplines is...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 4.0
This course aims to assess the usefulness, limitations, and challenges of the transnational migration paradigm in the current historical conjuncture. For 20 years ago, in its initial formulation, transnational paradigm for the study of migration, challanged the researchers in multiple disciplines to rethink their...
Instructor: Ayse Caglar
Credits: 4.0
The focal point of this course is the globalizing city and the changes associated with urban restructuring. Its aim is a complex understanding of the contemporary urban condition, its method is the historicization of current urban change. The class starts with the construction of the modern city and the main elements...
Instructor: Judit Bodnár
Credits: 4.0
Concepts of urbanization and urbanity vary. This course examines key paradigms in past and present urban theory. Special emphasis will be placed on two questions: How urban theories grasp changing spatial dimensions of the urban realm and what kind of background melody can be discovered in conceptualizing ‘the’ city (...
Instructor: Helmuth Berking
Credits: 4.0
This course explores the ways in which the visual conveys and broadens ethnographic investigation. In a discipline dominated by words we came to think exclusively in terms of culture as text and ethnography as ‘writing culture’. Challenging anthropology's iconophobia the course proposes an alternative perspective...
Credits: 4.0