Course List for the PhD Program

Course Code Course Name Credits Status
STD 601E POLITICAL CONCEPTS AND PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 602E IDEOLOGY AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 603E THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 604E ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 605E POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE RENAISSANCE (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 606E POLITICS OF DEATH AND DYING (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 607E ART AND POLITICS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 609E POLITICAL THOUGHT AND THEORY IN THE 19TH CENTURY (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 611E SOCIAL THEORY AND POLITICS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 613E THEORIES OF JUSTICE (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 615E PHENOMENOLOGY AND POLITICS (3+0+0) ECTS 10 ELECTIVE
STD 696E SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, ETHIC AND SEMINAR (0+0+0) ECTS 5 COMPULSORY
STD YET COMPREHENSIVE (0+0+0) ECTS 5 COMPULSORY
STD DRT THESIS (0+0+0) ECTS 30 COMPULSORY

STD 601E Political Concepts and Perspectives on Politics
This course analyzes some of the major normative arguments about a variety of political concepts. It will provide a conception to political theory by analysing key political concepts. It will examine particular normative debates surrounding key concepts including power, the state, political obligation, civil disobedience, freedom, equality, justice, democracy, citizenship, and human rights. The contestability of these political concepts is investigated.

STD 602E Ideology and Political Discourse
This course analyses the discursive construction of ideological formations, identities, forms of political understandings and behaviour patterns. It explores how these formations and patterns become widespread and how they lose ground depending on the changing discursive dynamics related to historical circumstances. Instead of focusing on particular ideologies, the course analyses the conditions of possibilities or discursive processes that they are built on. For this end, the course employs various approaches like linguistics, psychoanalysis and the approaches analysing the relationships between the construction of the self and political power.

STD 603E Theories of International Relations
This course provides a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the theories and major scholarly traditions in the discipline of International Relations. It explores contemporary debates on key concepts—such as war, sovereignty, power, law, justice—and epistemological issues pertaining to theorizing international relations.

STD 604E Advanced Topics in International Relations
This course analyzes the basic issues in international relations by combining theoretical and empirical discussions. The end of World War II and the Cold War as well as the issues of unipolarity, bipolarity and multipolarity are addressed by utilizing international relations theory and case studies. The role of the UN in world politics as well a number of conflict regions in the world will also be thoroughly studied.

STD 605E Political Philosophy From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
The main objective of this course is to study the major theories of political philosophy that prevailed between the early middle ages and the Renaissance. Following a general survey of the Ancient Greek and Roman traditions, which had major influences on medieval political philosophy, the course will focus on the political philosophy of the first eminent medieval philosopher, Augustine. Next, the political philosophy of the scholastic period will be studied, with a special emphasis on Aquinas’ conception of “law”. Lastly, through a reading of the works of Renaissance and Reform thinkers such as Luther, Calvin and Machiavelli, the influence of Medieval thinkers on further generations will be discussed.

STD 606E Politics of Death and Dying
This course handles the major theories, concepts and issues encountered in the Philosophy of Death and Dying as well as examining their philosophical arguments comparatively. This course deals with how death is defined and understood from various philosophical positions, and its meaning in metaphysical, personal and social contexts.

STD 609E Political Thought and Theory in 19th Century
Philosophy of Hegel, Marx and Mill, alienation, the nature of freedom, the role of private property, the merits and shortcomings of liberalism, the threats to liberty in modern society, the ‘tyranny of the majority’ and the value of democracy.

STD 610E Phenomenology and Politics
The intersection between phenomenology and politics, life-world and political world, the understanding of history and ideology, modern state and institutions, political knowledge, the problem of other minds and intersubjectivity, humanism, violence, the problem of evil, responsibility and the politics of civility, community, freedom, feminism and racism.

STD 611E Social Theory and Politics
Socio-political phenomena such as politics of social class, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and religion; power of the modern nation state and its institutions; power dynamics that shape social and political life; modern ideologies and utopias that sometimes motivate such politics; the interactions between local politics and global trends at economic and cultural levels; and with the micro-politics of the everyday.

STD 613E Theories of Justice
Contemporary debates about social justice that are about how burdens and benefits should be distributed between different individuals and groups in society in order to find answers to following questions: How can we argue about justice, and decide what it requires? Does justice require rewarding hard work and talent, or should we help the worst-off and those most in need? Is justice compatible with liberty, or does the realization of justice come at a cost to liberty? And last but not least, given the extreme disparity in wealth between rich and poor countries, what, if anything, does justice require at the global level?

STD YET Comprehensive
Evaluation of scholarly progress of PhD students in their fields of study; follow-up on scientific publications of all students at the stage of writing their dissertations.

STD DRT Thesis
In this course students study a significant problem in the field of political and social thought under their advisors` supervision. The results of their research should contribute to the advancement of knowledge in political and social thought and be presented in the form of a dissertation prepared according to post-graduate dissertation guidelines. The dissertation should be defended in front of a jury selected according to the Senate Principles.