Courses

TBA
Instructor: Daniel Monterescu
Credits: 2.0
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
TBA
Instructor: Daniel Monterescu
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
What are the impacts of global politics on gender, and how has ‘gender’ (as a policy and goal) influenced global politics? These are the two central questions of this course. This course is designed for students to think both conceptually and practically about the implementation of gender norms, concepts, and...
Instructor: Sarah Smith
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
Economic anthropology was developed in the 1940s and ‘50s in opposition to the theoretical agenda of neoclassical economics.  We will briefly review that initial debate, and then consider more recent debates over the concept of value and the performativity of economics.  Finally, we will explore innovative studies...
Instructor: Martha Lampland
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: Daniel Monterescu
Credits: 2.0
This course takes a broad approach to international development and global inequalities through the lens of feminist and gender theory, and within the context of globalising neoliberalism. It investigates the theory and approach of international development as well as its policy and institutions. The course considers...
Instructor: Sarah Smith
Credits: 4.0
GENERAL INTRODUCTION: This course investigates the most recent profound and unsettling global change––the so-called globalization, largely through the macro-historical lens. By reading and discussing writings from Arrigi, Cooper, Polanyi, Wallerstein, Harvey, Negri, Tsing, Schiller, and others, we trace the historical...
Instructor: Ju Li
Credits: 4.0
The central role of participant observation in anthropological field work long stood as an awkward impediment to legitimating sociocultural studies of historical evidence in anthropology (with the notable exception of archaeology).  Anthropologists no longer look askance at those of us who pursue the ethnographic...
Instructor: Martha Lampland
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: Balazs Vedres
Credits: 2.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
Credits: 2.0
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: Daniel Monterescu
Credits: 2.0
This course is divided into two.  Part I introduces some of the canon of “classical” sociological theories that continue to shape contemporary sociological theory and empirical research. We will read selections from Karl Marx, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Georg Simmel. We will largely focus on their respective...
Instructor: Dorit Geva
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 is a course on the ‘logic’ and politics of social inquiry. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the logic and methods of inquiry in the social sciences.  The course is divided into three parts.  We begin by considering the politics of social inquiry: what constitutes knowledge? How are specific...
Instructor: Prem Kumar Rajaram
Credits: 2.0
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
The way science works raises deep and pressing philosophical questions. Is there a way to demarcate science from non-science? How is scientific knowledge made reliable? Is it giving us access to reality or is it merely a tool for successful prediction? The so-called “analytic” project (following Barker...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 2.0
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
TBA
Instructor: Dorit Geva
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
Questions of religion have been central to anthropology from its beginnings and remain so today when religion (re)emerges as a global force. While the early scholarship perceived religious phenomena through the skeptical lens of secular science, recent critiques brought up anthropology’s own orthodoxies and the need...
Instructor: Vlad Naumescu
Credits: 4.0
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: 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
Elective course, University Wide Course (UWC)In recent years there has been an explosion of work on sound by researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Highly interdisciplinary and often undertaken in cooperation with those outside academia, from musicians to professionals, the field of sound studies is...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf, Ian Cook, Sara Svensson
Credits: 2.0
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.Sound studies is a name for the interdisciplinary ferment in the human sciences that takes sound as its analytical point of departure or arrival. By analyzing both sonic practices and the discourses and institutions that describe them, it redescribes...
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
Course OutlineThis 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...
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