Course Innovation Sessions
These sessions intend to explore the cutting edge developments in a particular discipline. The sessions are meant primarily for senior faculty with significant teaching and research experience or for outstanding, research-oriented junior faculty. By discussing recent developments and exploring contemporary debates with the CEU host departments and faculty, participants are expected to revise or update their courses or offer new courses in their particular area of interest. Additional training on course development is also offered by the CRC. These sessions are organized with a strong involvement of CEU departments and are combined with a workshop on the topic of the session.
Qualitative Research Methods: New Developments
February 13-17, 2012
(deadline for applications: 10 th January, 2012)
Qualitative research methodology has become an increasingly important field across the social sciences since the 1990s, with a number of landmark publications, theoretical and methodological developments and technical innovations (computer assisted data analysis, digital research, digital archives etc.). The aim of this CRC session is to discuss some of these trends, and ways how to integrate them in university teaching at various levels. The main emphasis will be on the interpretive/hermeneutic tradition in social research and its core themes (the analysis of constructions of meaning at micro-, meso- and macro-level, reflexivity, ethics, quality criteria, circularity of the research process).
The session will give an overview of traditional and newer data collection/generation methods (in-depth interviews, focus groups, documentary research, etc.) and of various approaches to data analysis (thematic analysis, discourse and narrative analysis etc.), and discuss their uses and respective strengths and weaknesses. It will also present an integrated conception of social science methodology as consisting of three tiers: “technique”, epistemology and research process/design. Finally, the session will also devote some attention to various models of teaching qualitative methods (traditional content based teaching, student centred teaching, etc.), and under what conditions they can be most fruitfully put into practice. This workshop is open to representatives of all social science disciplines; applications from related disciplines, including interdisciplinary fields (such as health, environmental or business studies) are also welcome.
Note: Applicants to this CRC session are required to hand in a 1-2 page long essay that describes
a) how (if at all) qualitative methods are currently integrated into the curriculum at their home institution
b) what aspects of qualitative methods they think should be integrated in the future and why.
Cultural Anthropology - History - Medieval Studies
Constructing Memories in East Central and Southeast Europe - Creation, Transformation, and Oblivion
March 5 – 10, 2012
(deadline for applications: 10 th January, 2012)
The CRC session aims to examine the construction of memory (and oblivion) in East Central and Southeast Europe. History relies on different forms of constructed memories; information about past societies is selected and transformed using different techniques of transmitting information. All historical sources represent cultural memory to some extent. Exploring the construction of memory is therefore nothing less than exploring the very sources of the historical sciences.
This session will broaden the traditional view of memory. Special emphasis will be put on the inherent mechanisms of constructing memory in certain places and/or the use of different cultural elements for creating or transforming memories. D iscussions will address the social and cultural dynamics that go into the establishment, use, and dis-use of memory/memorials in East Central and Southeast Europe . It would like to move toward defining a theory (or theories) of memory. It also aims at the exploration of various ways of incorporating the topic into university courses or developing a whole course devoted to it. The CRC session is open to teachers of history, geography folklore, ethnography, cultural anthropology or of other relevant disciplines at a higher educational institution.
Note: Applicants are requested to attach a one-page essay about the forces and factors leading to the creation, transformation or oblivion of a memory they know about and what cultural values were/are behind that action.
Climate Change and Population Movements
March 26 - 30, 2012
(deadline for applications: 5 th February, 2012)
Climate Change is evident in many parts of the world. The speedy warming up of the Arctic regions; increasing frequency of droughts and floods, as well as extreme weather events elsewhere are becoming reality of our times, putting the issue of adaptation to environmental change high on the political agenda. But in many cases there is no other adaptation mechanism but to move from endangered territory (like in the case of the ocean level rise).
How serious is the threat and how well we are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow? What regions of the world may be most affected in general and of Central and Eastern Europe in particular? How threatening are mass population movements in case of continuous climate change? What social and political mechanisms do we have to meet this challenge? How shall we consider these issues in the teaching curricula of our disciplines?
Note: Applicants are requested to attach a one-page essay on whether environmental change play an important role in current population movements in their opinion, and how they think changing climate and environmental conditions in their countries (or region in case of a large country) may or may not affect movements of people from rural areas to towns, stimulate emigration from or immigration to their countries/regions etc .
Higher Education – Public Policy
Research and Evaluation in Higher Education: Methods and Outcomes
April 23 - 27, 2012
(deadline for applications: 20 th February, 2012)
This workshop is designed to discuss research methods used to address particular problems of practice in higher education. Through discussions and hands-on experiences, participants will improve their ability to critically read scholarly work from different methodological traditions, understand the strengths and weaknesses of various research approaches, construct research designs that are appropriate for different research questions, and work with various types of data that are produced by both qualitative and quantitative research designs. Sessions of this CRC workshop will be moderated by two distinguished scholars from University of Pennsylvania, Professors Matt Hartley and Laura Perna, and will focus on several topics, such as the link between research problems, research questions and research designs; developing and effective literature review; using quantitative and qualitative data in higher education research.
Note: In an effort to tailor discussions and hands-on experiences to research problems that are of interest to participants, applicants to this CRC workshop are asked to submit a one-page description of a higher-education research problem they would like to address during the sessions.
Teaching ICT Policy Skills
May 14 -18, 2012
(deadline for applications: 11 th March, 2012)
This CRC session provides participants with an opportunity to enhance the curricula of their home institutions in public policy and law by developing interest and teaching capacity in “ICT policy skills.” The session aims to promote a critical, analytic, and innovative study of the complex and often conflicting public policy demands of the ICT sector, and to introduce participants to the basic principles underpinning international telecommunications laws.
The session intends to approach the topic from an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective; to build analytic skills to understand and critically engage with current policy debates about ICT; to survey how some of the newest industries and technologies function and are regulated; to present an overview of policy developments and regulations throughout the region. It will also provide participants with practical skills in curriculum design, development and implementation.
The substantive issues that will be covered include fundamentals of ICT policymaking and regulation with special attention to new technologies, including developments in broadband Internet and mobile; international perspectives and national case studies on ICT policy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; the economic, social, and political role of ICT in development, including innovation, market structure, system architecture, and significant applications.
Note : Applicants are required to send a one page long essay describing their views on one or more of the above mentioned issues.
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Departmental Curriculum Development Sessions
Timing: one week agreed during the Spring term (April -June, 2012)
Deadline for application is 1st February, 2012
Departments that are in the process of revising their existing curricula or are designing new programs (BA or MA) are invited to apply and send a group of their faculty to the Departmental Curriculum Development Session. In addition to the regular CRC trainings (in individual course design and teaching methodology), these sessions would offer workshops in curriculum development, revision and harmonization. Participants will have the opportunity to revise their own individual courses and to coordinate them from the point of view of content, level, approach, learning outcomes, and to jointly design outcomes-based departmental learning grids. In defining the exact content of these sessions we will take into account the specific needs of the applying department.
Timing of these sessions will be between April-June 2012, exact timeframe and length of sessions will be agreed upon with selected departments. For the sake of a smooth and quick arrangement of the session, departments are requested to propose more than one timeframe.
The group members need to be selected by the sending department. They all should meet the eligibility criteria of CRC, and should fill out an individual application form. Beside the individual application forms a joint group application form should be filled out and sent with all the application materials, possibly in one e-mail/pack, to the CRC
(CEU CRC, 1051 Budapest Nador u. 9, firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Following the selection of departments the CRC will contact the group leader and start negotiations on funding and the arrangement of the session.
Funding of Departmental Curriculum Development Sessions
CRC covers all the expenses of the group leader (if from the target region) related to travel and accommodation as well as provides him/her with all the benefits a CRC participant receives (book allowance, stipend). The expenses of the rest of the group should be covered through a matching funds scheme which will be individually discussed with the groups.
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