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A.F. (Alexandru) Voicu

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
WP Groep: Docenten Politicologie

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile


    Alex Voicu is a lecturer in the Political Science Department (Afdeling Politicologie) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). He has designed and taught courses on party politics, international relations, and social science methodology. His courses, workshops and guest lectures have had audiences from a variety of disciplines (political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, human geography, development studies, medicine, law) and academic levels (Bachelor, Master, Research Master, PhD, senior researchers).  Alex received an honorable mention in the UvA Lecturer of the Year (Docent van Het Jaar) 2014 competition, recognizing his place among the top 5 lecturers in the faculty that year. His own research deals with political elite recruitment and its implications for democratic representation in Romania, Hungary and the UK.


    Social science methodology courses:

    • Comprehensive introduction to research methodology and design (Master, with some PhD students, eq. 6 EC) – substantively re-designed & taught every year from 2012 to 2022; confirmed for 2023
    • Research design: Insights from social science (Professors & Associate Professors, 3-day course) - designed and taught in 2021 at the Amsterdam Law School (UvA)
    • Mixed methods in social sciences (Research Master 1st year, 6 EC) – co-taught in 2020 & 2021
    • Team work research seminar  (Research Master 1st year, 6 EC) – co-taught in 2022
    • Research project II: Practicing research skills – January edition (Bachelor 2nd year, 6 EC) – taught every year from 2020 to 2022; confirmed for 2023
    • Academic skills for political scientists III (Bachelor 2nd year, 9 EC) – taught in 2020 & 2021
    • Introduction to political science research (Bachelor 1st year, 9 EC) – tutorial coordinator in 2019
    • Techniques for case study research (Master, with 9 PhD students, 4 EC) – taught in 2016 & 2018 at the Institute for Social Studies in the Hague (ISS)
    • Intensive introduction to quantitative methodology (Master, eq. 6 EC) – designed & taught in 2014
    • Research methods in the social sciences: Cases and how to compare them (Research Master 1st year, 12 EC) – co-taught in 2012


    International Relations courses:

    • Contested globalization (Bachelor 3rd year, 6 EC) – re-designed (based on a previous Master course) and taught every year from 2018 to 2022; confirmed for 2023
    • Contesting globalization (Master thesis project, 30 EC) – co-taught in 2017 (main responsibility: thesis supervisor for all 9 students)
    • Global elites and leadership (Bachelor 3rd year, 12 EC) – designed and taught in 2013 & 2014
    • Political elites and transnational governance (Master thesis project, 30 EC) – designed and taught in 2013


    Political science (party politics) courses:

    • The young and the party: Dimensions of membership in youth organizations of political parties (BA 2nd year, 6 EC) – designed & taught in 2013
    • Parties and party systems East & West (BA 3rd year, 12 EC) – designed & taught in 2011


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