The Advanced Certificate 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 time- and place-specific equips 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 learn about comparative methods, addressing topics of political thought from intercultural and diachronic perspectives. Further, the program 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 program will receive an Advanced Certificate in Political Thought in addition to their MA degrees.