Joint master's courses

Joint master's courses

In CIVICA's joint master's courses, faculty from two CIVICA member universities co-design and co-teach a course to students in their respective institutions. The joint perspective is a key strength of these courses.

Present and past joint master's courses include:

  • Welfare States in Transition (spring 2022)
    Instructors: Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) and Anke Hassel (Hertie School) 
    Welfare states in advanced industrial democracies have faced transformative change over the last three decades. As economies have moved from manufacturing to service sector jobs, the role of financial services has risen, and the knowledge economy has started to embrace automation and digital tools, the role of work and the protection of citizens has started to change. In this course, we will look at these transformative changes through the perspective of the political economy. We will show and analyse how closely the welfare state is intertwined with the economic system of particular countries and how governments have used the potential of the welfare state to reboost growth and job creation. We will first investigate these relationships from a conceptual and theoretical angle. In the second part of the course, we will focus on four key policy fields of the welfare state: wages and employment, skills, housing and pensions. Students will become experts in the literature of the advanced welfare state and comparative political economy, and dive deeper into one policy field and research it using comparative case studies. The course provides an analytical insight into the different ways as to how capitalist political economies are organised today. It also provides students with an in-depth understanding of the institutions governing political economies.
  • Diving in the Digital Public Space: From Individual Behaviors to Collective Social and Political Dynamics (spring 2022)
    Jointly taught by Sciences Po and Central European University
    Data built from individual behaviors of users on Twitter, Facebook or Youtube play an increasing role in marketing, political targeting or even epidemic spreading forecasting. The course invites students to collect, model and visualise data from social media platforms. Students learn the basics of data science applied to social media platforms and imagine alternative uses of traditional AI powered data-analysis algorithms. Participants will get their hands on data and code and test existing state-of-the-art data science methods on their own data to investigate a research question related to social and political dynamics at large: linguistic trends, social mobilizations, systematic discriminations, etc.
  • Gendering Illiberalism (fall 2021)
    Instructors: Andrea Pető (Central European University) and Alina Dragolea (SNSPA) 
    The course aims to discuss the buzzword illiberalism by critically investigating the loopholes in the academic literature. The course will take a global approach by asking what is contributing to the apparent transition from liberal to illiberal democracy worldwide. The first part of the course explores the concepts used to analyse and describe the recent developments. In a second section of the course, the reasons and the consequences of the missing gender analysis are discussed. Along major issues regarding the gender dimension of illiberalism, this course will provide students with an opportunity to read, discuss and write about what democratic erosion and democratic backslide are, and why we should care.
  • Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (spring 2021)
    Instructors: Chloé Le CoqJesper Roine (Stockholm School of Economics) and Johanna Mair & Alexandra Ioan (Hertie School)
    Social innovation – the process of developing and deploying new solutions involving non-profit, public, and private sectors - emerges as a novel tool to tackle these complex and interrelated social challenges. This course offers students an understanding of the field of social innovation and social entrepreneurship and how these contribute to solving societal problems.
  • Welfare States in Transition (spring 2021)
    Instructors: Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) and Anke Hassel (Hertie School) 
    The course looks at the transformative changes faced by welfare states in advanced industrial democracies. Through the perspective of political economy, the course will show and analyse how closely the welfare state is intertwined with the economic system of particular countries and how governments have used the potential of the welfare state to reboost growth and job creation.
  • Democracy in Crisis (fall 2020)
    Instructors: Florence Faucher (Sciences Po) and Christian Freudlsperger (Hertie School) 
    The course reflects on how liberal representative regimes are facing challenges that question their foundations, their legitimacy and their institutions - not least the current Corona crisis. Against this backdrop, the course aims to provide students with the tools to analyse the transformations of contemporary democratic institutions and forms of political participation.

Photo credit: Marta Nascimento/Sciences Po and Svenja Krüger/Hertie School

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