The Advanced Certificate in Political Thought (ACPT) focuses on the comparative, historical and contextual exploration of Political Thought. The ACPT works between the Departments of Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Medieval Studies, and Political Science. The program pursues, however, to enlarge the number of courses and faculty, most notably from the departments of Nationalism Studies, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. Students pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Political Thought as part of their MA studies in the participating departments will engage in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives. Special attention will be given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. The curriculum introduces the students to political thought both within and outside the Western canon. Further, the ACPT 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. Each fall term the program with offer a core course “Introduction to Political Thought”, where members of different CEU departments will introduce their various perspectives on political thought.
The program is offered with 12 credits for students in one-year MA programs and 14 credits for students in two-year MA programs.