Specialization in Political Thought

The Specialization in Political Thought engages in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives, both within and outside the Western canon. Special attention is given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. Learning to recognize political thought, both past and present, as being specific to time and place will equip students, regardless of their major field of study, with additional analytical and methodological skills grounded in the appreciation of the contextual and intertextual aspects of diverse intellectual traditions. Beyond contextualization, the students will learn about comparative methods, addressing topics of political thought from intercultural and diachronic perspectives.

Further, the specialization aims to provide a specific professional framework for the participating students and faculty, by linking the program to transnational networks, generating faculty interaction, research and co-teaching.

Students participating in this specialization will receive a Certificate in Political Thought in addition to their MA degrees.

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Program Structure

Both the one-year and two-year Specializations for Philosophy MA students are based on the structure of the corresponding Philosophy MA programs, with the following modifications:

One-year MA students take 4 credits of mandatory courses and 6 credits elective courses from the specialization’s course list. Students can take up to 6 credits from courses not offered by the Department of Philosophy and not cross-listed with it.

Two-year MA students take 4 credits of mandatory courses in their first year of study, and additional 8 credits of elective courses from the specialization’s course list.

Students write their thesis on a topic related to political thought. The student’s supervisor should be a faculty member from the specialization.

Participation in lectures, special seminars, and workshops organized by the specialization is required.

In case of conflict between the requirements as specified here and elsewhere, the requirements on this page decide.

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For more information, please contact the CEU Department of Philosophy Coordinator, Kriszta Biber, at BiberK@ceu.edu, or the Specialization in Political Thought Coordinator, Mónika Nagy, at NagyMo@ceu.edu