NEWS

CRC Spring 2012 Sessions
Dear Colleague,

We are happy to announce you about the new set of CRC sessions planned
for the coming Winter and Spring 2012 period. We hope that you will find
some of them of your interest. Participants from the CRC target
countries receive full funding, participants from EU need to find
funding to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

We would like to kindly ask you to share the announcement with your
peers at the institution where you teach or anyone else who you think
might be interested. For more information, please visit our website
http://web.ceu.hu/crc/


Yours sincerely,
CRC team

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CURRICULUM RESOURCE CENTER
Announces one-week course revision sessions for the
Spring 2012 semester


organized in cooperation with the Departments and Programs
of the Central European University


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.


Political Science
Qualitative Research Methods: New Developments

February 13-17, 2012
(deadline for applications: 10th 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: 10th 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. Discussions 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.



Environmental Studies
Climate Change and Population Movements

March 26 - 30, 2012
(deadline for applications: 5th 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: 20th 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.


Communications Studies
Teaching ICT Policy Skills

May 14 -18, 2012
(deadline for applications: 11th 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.


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 2011, 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.

Procedure
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, crc@ceu.hu).
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.   

To download application forms for this type of session please visit our
website.
www.ceu.hu/crc


ELIGIBILITY:

All CRC Applicants need to teach courses (at least part-time) at
accredited higher education institutions, and have good command of
English, both written and spoken, to actively participate in workshops,
training sessions and roundtables, as well as to use resource materials
available at CEU.

Funding:
CRC fully funds the participation of those eligible applicants who are
citizens of our target region: former Soviet Union, Mongolia,
South-Eastern Europe. Citizens of EU member states are welcome to attend
our sessions but need to cover their travel to and accommodation in
Budapest from external funding.

●    In case of Departmental Curriculum Development type of session
for information see the relevant section.

Funding for those applicants who have already participated in a fully
funded CEU faculty oriented program is available under the following
conditions:
●    Within a four year period one is entitled to receive full
funding for two of our programs. However, it is possible to apply for a
third time in four years for a fully funded program, in which case the
applicant needs to attach to the application form a short justification
of his/her intention.

●    As a general rule, within one academic/calendar year one can not
receive funding from two CEU faculty-oriented programs. Participants of
SUN are exempted from this rule.

●    Applicants who wish to re-apply for the same type of CRC session
(Open House, Course Innovation or Topical Issues in Curriculum
Development) should attach to the application form a short justification
of their intention. Priority in the selection of participants will be
given to newcomers.

●    The above restrictions only apply for those who receive full
funding from CEU. Applicants who are able to pay for their participation
(to cover travel and accommodation) or receive external funding are
eligible to apply to all our programs with no restriction.

Curriculum Resource Session application forms, application deadlines,
session schedules and further information on the center’s outreach
activities and resources may be obtained from the CRC office at the
Central European University or through national Soros Foundations.
 
Date: 2011-12-02