Courses

Understanding environmental issues from the perspectives of diverse actors is paramount to addressing environmental problems.  This course provides rigorous scientific tools to capture the perspectives of actors in our field of work, allowing us meaningful insight into how environmental problems are defined, resisted...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 1.0
Scientists approach the empirical world in many different ways. Interpretive (or qualitative) research, like quantitative research, has its own set of assumptions, techniques, and analytical tools that are used to describe and understand social reality and social problems and their solutions. This course is designed...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an introduction to  economics for environmental students including its division into several domains (behavioral economics, neoclassical economics, institutional economics). The course introduces applicability of main economic concepts to environmental issues. In particular it focuses on...
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
Credits: 2.0
The main objective is to equip the students with the ability to critically interpret and work with the results of different environmental assessment methods for products and services based on life cycle thinking. The students will learn about the principles of some mainstream assessment methods, such as lifecycle...
Instructor: Aleh Cherp, Andrius Plepys
Credits: 3.0
Major policy choices related to waste management. The concept of integrated waste management, which relies on a combination of approaches, planning, economic instruments and public participation to reduce environmental, social and economic impacts of the growing volume of waste produced in our cities. Municipal solid...
Instructor: Zoltán Illés
Credits: 1.0
The aim of this unit is to introduce to students the idea, methodology and basic tools of environmental modeling. Models are important tools in environmental studies and management nowadays. In order to better understand environmental systems, to predict their behaviour and to develop effective management strategies...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with major issues in environmental thought, both historically and through analysis of the main contemporary discourses about the environment. As well as developing their understanding of key historical developments and contemporary perspectives, students will have an...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
The aim of the course is to develop basic understanding of spatially referenced data analysis and to explore the potential of Geographic Information Systems application in environmental and social studies. The course builds up on the practical skills in geospatial data mining and mapping obtained during the "...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 3.0
Promoting a more sustainable world is interwoven within a power dynamic that is characterized by key questions regarding science and knowledge, nature and culture, environmental justice, and advocacy in a globalized world.   This course explores that dynamic, and investigates the political and cultural basis of...
Credits: 2.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this unit is to:Understand the importance of marine systems, their diverse structure and functions, and the complex links between land and the ocean. Acknowledge the major role the ocean plays in the proper functioning of the ecosphere as the life-support system and of the goods and services provided by the...
Instructor: Cogălniceanu Dan
Credits: 1.0
In the second term, the student should develop knowledge and mastery of the methods that he/she will need to apply in the course of his/her doctoral research, and in accordance with the study plan delivered at the end of Fall Term. The student  must submit the completed Theory and Methods Study program form by April...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
Modern computer technologies are essential on each stage of environmental management process starting with monitoring, data collection and storage to decision support, visualization and presentation. The range of possible applications and packages is wide and depends on the issue under consideration and the level of...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
Continuing population growth, especially in developing countries is raising demand of such basic commodities as food, water, fuels, wood, etc. At the same time, new technologies and new discoveries are expanding our views on availability of certain resources, such as oil or natural gas. Opening up of new resource...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian
Credits: 1.0
The course’s main aim is to provide students with an understanding of:The role of particular resource for human well-being,Existing methods of evaluation and assessment of availability of different types of resources (both renewable and non-renewable)Environmental consequences of usage of different types of...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian
Credits: 2.0
This course will explore the historical evolution of the study of nature-culture relations. It will serve as an introduction to political ecology and environmental justice as historically and culturally grounded theoretical approaches for studying the nested social and political causes and consequences of conflicts...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 2.0
Metals are major pollutants of all sectors of the environment while our demand for oil results in severe environmental impacts as pollution of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 can attest.  The threat posed by mercury, cadmium and organotin compounds plus oil means that they are classed as Black/Red List or List 1 substances...
Instructor: Keith White
Credits: 2.0
Organic gardening practicum 1 creditInstructors: Guntra Aistara, Logan StrenchockPrerequisite: Global Food, Agriculture...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 1.0
A regular seminar will be held every week or every other week as a forum for faculty and doctoral students to engage each other’s research as well as enjoy guest lecturers on various topics related to the environmental field or research in general.  All first year students are expected to make a brief introduction of...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to clarify some of the key distinguishing features and challenges of doctoral-level research writing, both in regard to content and process. While this course is taught in the first year, there will be one additional session held in September of the second year as prospectus writing workshop....
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
General Aims:  Transport is a necessary part of our life, while ‘other people’s transport is a troubling effect in the same time. The total air polluting emission of the transport is still increasing, even if the technical development always improve the specific emitting volumes. The transport is also a space polluter...
Instructor: Zoltán Illés
Credits: 2.0
The specific requirements to fulfil this unit are to be negotiated and agreed upon with the student’s supervisor.  Such requirements shall be specific to the career aspirations of the student, but may include publication of one or more of the following: an article in a peer-reviewed journala chapter in a booka...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
The course aims to introduce students to understanding socio-ecological systems (SES), and using SES frameworks to understand environmental and associated sustainability issues. In this course, specific attention will be given to understanding how socio-ecological systems are structured, function and interact as an...
Credits: 2.0
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.Social justice is a widely engaged concept with varied definitions and ideological assumptions, as well as equally contrasting and diverse practical or empirical implications across disciplines and institutions. It is considered as a political...
Credits: 4.0
This course offers a review of some of the major theoretical and empirical issues associated with survey research methodology (including questionnaire design and scientific sampling), and prepares students in the fundamental skill areas necessary to design and conduct survey research projects.
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 2.0
The course will provide an overview of the concept of sustainable development, including a review of its underlying rationale, theory, evolution, use in various current policy contexts and its critique. Perspectives from sustainability science will be introduced and critically reviewed. We will consider sustainable...
Instructor: László Pintér
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to (1) develop knowledge on energy systems, their environmental impacts and sustainable energy transition pathways and (2) develop skills for energy systems and energy policy analysis especially for understanding the potential for sustainable energy transitions.
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
Credits: 2.0
Water is a vital aspect of natural ecosystems and an important human resource. The physical, chemical and biological properties of water are considered in relation to the resources, to aquatic environments, human impacts on freshwater systems (particularly eutrophication) and the provision of drinking water and...
Instructor: Zoltán Illés, Dan Cogalniceanu , David Sigee
Credits: 2.0
Teaching and research experience is fundamental to developing concrete knowledge, understandings and practical skills for the advancement of a professional career in academia, consultancy, and other private and public institutions. All students must enrol in the “Teaching and Research Practicum” (6 CEU credits). This...
Instructor: Helga Dorner, Sally Schwager, Faculty
Credits: 6.0
The final stage of the Doctoral Program is the production of a dissertation which presents in detail the student’s research work and contribution. The exact format of the dissertation will depend upon the subject area and requirements of the research.  The length of the dissertation varies, but it is generally...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 40.0
Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. In this introductory course, students will gain insight into the scientific method, and basic concepts and laws in ecology, including main ecological theories and biogeochemical cycles. The course will equip students in understanding how...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 2.0
The Theoretical Debates on Environmental Problems is a core course in the doctoral curriculum designed to contextualize students' understanding of the intersections of the scientific, social, and political dimensions of environmental issues.
Credits: 3.0
In the second term, the student should develop knowledge and mastery of the methods that he/she will need to apply in the course of his/her doctoral research, and in accordance with the study plan delivered at the end of Fall Term. The student must submit the completed Theory and Methods Study program form by April 15...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 2.0
The student, in consultation with the chosen supervisor, must develop a plan of study for winter term in the areas of theory and methods connected with his/her specific research topic. The plan should be submitted December 12 together with the preliminary research proposal, and should include justification for how the...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 1.0
This course aims to help students work towards a viable MS thesis topic. It will:provide students with an overview of the department's requirements and expectations for the MS thesis in general and for the thesis topic specifically;inform students about the department's capacity for supervising and supporting MS...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
This course will continue the thesis preparation and support programme for students on the MESP programme that began in the Fall semester. Classes in this semester's course will include detailed review of different elements of the master's thesis and writing strategies associated with them, and sessions on grant...
Instructor: Alan Watt, Tamara Steger
Credits: 2.0
Conducting and completing a thesis is a challenging, dynamic and adaptive process that, in addition to student/supervisor interactions, can also benefit greatly from the mutual intellectual engagement of peers in a structured, mentor-facilitated setting. The purpose of this course is to provide a productive...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
Environmental challenges know no national boundaries; frequently, they are trans-national in nature and effects, and require a response which, typically, exposes the limits of and transcends state-based policies. This course covers one particular aspect of transnational environmental politics, namely the conflicts...
Credits: 4.0
This course will focus on the nexus between three different but linked types of security:  energy, water, and food. “Nexus thinking,” whereby the interrelationships between energy, food and water become the primary unit of analysis, is spurring innovations in theoretical understandings and policy design. Increasingly...
Credits: 4.0

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