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The Ethics and Politics Concentration

What is the relationship between politics and morality, or between politics and truth? The Ethics and Politics concentration introduces you to the fundamentals of the study of political science (comparative politics, international relations, policy analysis) but also considers essential questions about the nature of politics. Courses include exploration of the classics of political thought and more recent contributions to this field, as well as central figures and movements in the history of philosophy. Alongside these indispensable disciplinary and theoretical tools, the concentration offers a practical engagement with research in the social sciences, introducing key methods in historical and social analysis. Civic engagement plays a part in both the scholarly and the more hands-on elements of the concentration, with courses that support the development of projects and initiatives in the community and wider society, and that examine the issue of what it means to be a citizen in a globalized but still divided and unequal world. The concentration includes the opportunity to address specific contexts and national histories, and incorporates contributions from experts shaping current government policies, and from activists in political struggles. Its aim is to address contemporary problems with a depth of philosophical and practical knowledge.  
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The Ethics and Politics concentration exposes students to both theoretical and applied coursework. Courses in philosophy and the history of political thought are coupled with training in social science, research methodology, and surveys of real political institutions. For any given module listed in the overview above, several courses may be offered that allow students to fulfill the requirement.
 
Sample Ethics and Politics Foundational Courses Sample Ethics and Politics Advanced Courses
Global History Lab: A History of the World since 1300
City, State and Justice in Turkey
Introduction to Policy Analysis
Truth and Power
The Gaze
Liberalism and Empire: The Case of India
Feminism and Community
The European Union: Its Institutions, Laws, and Citizens
Cultures of Migration
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Study Abroad Opportunities

Students in the Ethics and Politics concentration can opt to spend up to two semesters abroad in their third year of study. They can select from an array of options: the Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program in New York City; the Central European University in Vienna; the various campuses of Sciences Po in France; Dutch University Colleges in Amsterdam, Leiden, and Utrecht; and the University of Malmö in Sweden.
 
Prof. Dr. Ewa Atanassow

Prof. Dr. Ewa Atanassow


Political Thought

Bulgaria/Poland
PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom

Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom


Associate Dean

USA
PhD in English 
Princeton University
Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony

Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony


Philosophy

USA
PhD in Philosophy
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dr. David Hayes

Dr. David Hayes


Greek Philosophy and Literature

USA
PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
Prof. Dr. Agata Lisiak

Prof. Dr. Agata Lisiak


Migration Studies

Poland
PhD in Media and Communication Studies
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai

Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai


Philosophy

Hungary/Canada
PhD in Philosophy
Harvard University