Courses

Feminist theory and practice has changed tremendously since the days of first and second wave feminism - as evidenced by the emergence of the term “Gender Studies” itself (from what had often originally been “Women’s Studies”). In this course, we will explore some of the ways in which feminist thinking has, since...
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 2.0
This course will look at the concept of militarization, the processes that work to militarize, and work to find strategies for demilitarization. We will at militarism on an individual, social, and societal level, and look at the ways these different levels interact with one another. 
Instructor: Ben Schrader
Credits: 4.0
The PhD Preparation Seminar is a mandatory course for first-year PhD students in Comparative Gender Studies at CEU. It is a workshop-style course designed to guide probationary doctoral students through the conceptualization and development of the PhD Thesis Proposal and accompanying Fields and Themes Paper, the...
Instructor: Éva Fodor
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this seminar is to help students with the writing of their dissertation. Each student presents at least one (draft) chapter, together with a (draft) table of contents, which will help clarify the function of the chapter in the thesis, and the chapter’s and thesis’s overall arguments.The seminar’s core...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
The course seeks to help you develop as a writer within the English-speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. As well as an introduction to critical thinking and critique writing, the course will also develop your awareness of conventions of...
Credits: 1.0
Academic Writing Part 2  Group 1, 2, 3
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 1.0
Aims and ObjectivesThe aim of this course is to provide students from the 2nd year of their studies onwards with the skills necessary for completing a successful Gender dissertation in a timely fashion and to help students develop writing skills that they can use after the completion of their studies. 
Instructor: Andrea Kirchknopf
Credits: 2.0
The Bible played a fundamental role in varied ways in the formation of the intellectual (and also material) culture of the Middle Ages. The “language and the logic of the Bible” shaped (to different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography, theology,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Narrative is a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change, and thus this a study of the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects would help us in understanding the nature of identities. This...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 2.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)TA: Dan KnoxThis class, with its associated readings and tutorial, will introduce students to recent developments in the study of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. These developments have revised the periodisation, historiography, interpretation, and...
Instructor: Volker Menze
Credits: 4.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
At the beginning of the twenty-first century the uses of thehuman body, its organs, tissues and cells are increasingly diversified. One can observe the worldwide presence of old uses and misuses of the human body, such as prostitution, organ trafficking, human trafficking but more and more also new forms of...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
This is an introductory course in the developing field of studies on communism, women and gender, in which we will explore historical, theoretical and global perspectives on the topic.We will discuss the complex question of what communism was (or is), emphasizing the need to distinguish between communism as an...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0
Medieval art is discussed traditionally in its stylistic or iconographical framework. However, the majority of medieval historic monuments and works of art were prepared primarily with special goals. Thus a real understanding of many of the great pieces of art cannot be imagined without the knowledge of their original...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory for MATILDA students.The aim of the course is to investigate theoretical and methodological problems related to the knowledge production in post-disciplinary age.The first part of the course is dealing with the concept of interdisciplinarity and its different interpretations. The conceptual differences...
Instructor: Jasmina Lukic
Credits: 2.0
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
Critical Race Theory emerged in American legal academia at the end of the 1980s as a critique of the limitations both of orthodox liberal civil rights scholarship and of the failure to address race by scholars belonging to Critical Legal Studies. Since then, critical race theorists have developed a rich body of...
Credits: 2.0
The course is offered by the Romani Studies Program at CEUThis course aims to re-envision Romani Studies through a critical lens and discuss further possibility to use new theoretical frameworks such as gender, critical race, and post-colonial theories to understand the situation of Roma in the context of changing...
Instructor: Angéla Kóczé
Credits: 2.0
This course is one of the mandatory courses in the field of methodology. It focuses on the interdisciplinary category of ‘discourse’ that conceptualizes the use of various sign systems as an integral part of social events. The major aim on the one hand is to explore how discourse as an explanatory category in...
Instructor: Erzsébet Barát
Credits: 2.0
The main aim of this course is to familiarize students with how the abstract legal principle of equality is turned into policy and practice in Europe and beyond. Starting from what equality means as a basic legal principle and right in modern democratic systems, the course will move on to critically analyze the policy...
Credits: 1.0
Elective courseThe main aim of this course is to familiarize students with how the abstract legal principle of equality is turned into policy and practice. Starting from what equality means as a basic legal principle and right in modern democratic systems, the course will move on to critically analyze the policy...
Credits: 2.0
(Elective)The course is designed to introduce students to the scholarly investigation of the social and cultural construction of masculinity in the past three decades from a feminist perspective. That is, our aim is to explore what feminist men’s studies has to say about what it means to be a man in the past three...
Instructor: Erzsébet Barát
Credits: 4.0
This course focuses on the making of the global gender equality regime and the ways in which it shapes and is shaped by feminist activism in different world regions that are hierarchically positioned vis-à-vis each other. It covers the period starting with the UN International Women's Year in 1975 until the present...
Instructor: Selin Çağatay
Credits: 2.0
What do memorial displays for those who died from AIDS tell us about public mourning as a political measure of the (disavowed) sexuality? How might performances of dancers and other artists with disabilities challenge the normative perception of gendered and racialized desire/desirability? How do artistic and...
Instructor: Hyaesin Yoon
Credits: 4.0
This 2- credit course will explore multiple and intersecting methods that are used to listen, record and interpret oral histories and life narratives, with a particular focus on feminist methods that uncover silenced, vulnerable and marginalized voices. In this methods seminar, students are encouraged to consider the...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce students to issues that arise in discussions pertaining to state and religion, their connections, intersections, concordances and distinctions, following a discussion of why the issue of religion-state relations arises, and under what circumstances. The approach adopted is intended to...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
The recent scholarly interest in communication processes and media has opened new approaches to the ways in which the so-called book religions have placed supreme authority in a certain canonic text, considered to be the unfallibly truthful message of the divinity. Sanctified by its long-duration transmission, the...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
Anthropology is the science of humans. Anthropology of religion observes and interprets the phenomenon 'religion' in social and cultural context. Historical anthropology of religion focuses on the beginnings of this approach started in the 19th century. Although the course concentrates mainly on the beginnings, we...
Instructor: András Máté-Tóth
Credits: 2.0
This is an introductory course, which is designed to familiarize students with some of the history and variety of conceptualizing and critically rethinking gender in society and culture. The course introduces these “foundations in gender studies” as they developed from the 18th century to the present day. It...
Instructor: Susan Zimmermann
Credits: 4.0
This is an introductory course, which is designed to familiarize you with some of the basic concepts and arguments in the broad interdisciplinary field of “gender studies”.   The first part of the course will address different understandings of the concept of sex/gender/feminism in order to introduce students to the...
Instructor: Éva Fodor
Credits: 4.0
This course will focus on the multiple and sometimes conflicting ways feminist theory produced scholarship since 1980 which sought to deploy the concept of difference in order to release some political potential in undermining a homogenous, universal(izing) concept of womanhood. The curriculum features a selection of...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
This 4-credit course builds upon the foundations from the fall semester “Gender and Migration” course in order to reexamine the neoliberal state with regards to the ‘new refugee crisis’. In this special topics course, we will explore and seek to connect a long history of neoliberal development and worsening global...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 4.0
This course examines some of the major theoretical approaches to and empirically grounded analyses of the ways in which national/ist discourses and practices are gendered and sexualized. The course approaches the concept of nation and its close variants – ethnic and cultural identities, nation-states, citizenship and...
Instructor: Elissa Helms
Credits: 4.0
Education is one of the major fields of social life where subjectivities and social inequalities are constituted and re/produced on institutional, curricular and interpersonal levels. Our focus in this course is compulsory education, meaning primary and secondary schooling, and the re/production of gendered and sexual...
Instructor: Dorottya Rédai
Credits: 2.0
Despite decades of peace and security research, protracted conflicts remain a significant security issue in global politics. Feminist peace and security scholars have demonstrated the multiple and complex ways that gendered identities and norms are fundamental to the processes of war, militarism and peace. No aspect...
Instructor: Sarah Smith
Credits: 4.0
The course is offered by the Romani Studies Program at CEUThis course examines the links between gender, race, and class in the era of global capitalism.  Through the semester, students will critically explore the racialized and gendered manifestations of capitalism at the global and local level. The course explores...
Instructor: Angéla Kóczé
Credits: 2.0
Terror and counter-terror continue to dominate global security agendas. Recent elections in the UK, US and France have all been in part characterised by global fears on the threat of terrorist violence. Yet arguably understandings of and responses to the use of terrorist violence have done little to ameliorate the...
Instructor: Sarah Smith
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
We will look at some of the major arguments for the existence of God, in both their historical forms, and in the more modern versions. This will include especially the ontological argument, the first cause argument, and the argument from design. Then we will move on to consider some of the properties traditionally...
Instructor: Howard Robinson
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory and open for MA 2 year students in their 2nd year Applied Gender Studies track (the internship itself may be scheduled in the period between spring of year 1 and early autumn year 2)
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 8.0
At the beginning of the 21st century the emerging new technologies have become inherently political. Neuroscience, genetics (genetic testing, screening, and DNA fingerprinting), the various assisted reproductive technologies, nanotechnology, robotics, information technologies, and their combination now constitute...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory and open for MA 2 year students in their 2nd year Applied Gender Studies track
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 2.0
Structuralist and poststructuralist theories strive to understand the nature of social construction—a concept as important to the humanities as it is for the so-called social sciences. Affect theory is a heterogeneous body of theoretical works that strives to understand social construction as a process that is...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
This 2- credit course focuses on the theories, political goals, strategies and activism(s) of Islamic feminists regionally and nationally, within the context of the emerging global feminist movement. Following the rise of second wave feminism in the developing world, there have been a number of responses to the...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 2.0
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.Big 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...
Credits: 2.0
Medieval political thought is usually characterised by the opposition of Church and Empire, or the Pope and the secular ruler. The course will look at the development of these ideas from early Christianity’s conflict with the Roman Empire through the “Constantinian turn,” and then its ramifications into what is...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
This two-credit PhD course is a mandatory requirement for students in the first year of the PhD program in Comparative Gender Studies. Its aim is to critically interrogate the relationship between theoretical concepts, methodological approaches, and research outcomes with the underlying goal of incorporating...
Instructor: Elissa Helms
Credits: 2.0
This course explores how contemporary adaptive media appropriate the nineteenth century to address our own preoccupations with gender, sexuality, race, class, science, technologies, religion, imperialism, and consumerism. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the theoretical, social, and political...
Instructor: Andrea Kirchknopf
Credits: 2.0

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