Autumn- Winter 2020/21

Track Courses

Power and Rights

Track coordination and design: Kilam Idris Mussa & Noémi Katona.
Taught by Noémi Katona, Kilam Idris Mussa, Zóra Molnár and Zoltán Somogyvári

The activist track offers students the possibility to learn how to be active citizens and advocate for their rights, including through civil society organizations, informal affinity groups, workplace organizing, community associations. Students learn how to represent, manage and organize. Ideally, students will have the opportunity to start an internship, a job shadowing or volunteering program at a local organization. 

Communication Skills

Taught by Tom Popper  and Ana da Silva

English language conversation practice and development of communication skills needed for further study. 

Human Rights and Social Justice

Taught by Perica Jovchevski

This course aims to introduce students to the normative justification of human rights, their historical development and integration within international law, and their advocacy and invocation in the claims on justice of various social justice movements. The course is designed for the needs of students on the academic and the activist track at OLIve. The class aims to discuss fundamental philosophical problems associated with the nature, content and justification of human rights; familiarize students with the legal status of human rights and the work of the international organizations that promote and enforce these rights; analyze the advocacy and use of human rights claims by contemporary social justice movements in different social and political contexts.

Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (1579590a) Fight Club, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton Film and Television

Questions and Answers: Doing Research in (Inter)national Politics

Taught by Tamara Kolaric

The course is designed to give OLIve Weekend participants an insight into the workings of political science as a discipline, through focusing primarily on the process of designing and doing research. The course covers: what is political science, the elements of good research design, how to ask a good question, the role of theory, the qualitative and quantitative research processes and designs, data collection and analysis. These topics will be discussed through practical engagement with examples from daily life, hands-on methods, as well as through reading and discussing relevant works from the discipline.

Introduction to Business and Management

Taught by Anass Karzazi

This course aims at offering an introduction to business and management for students expected to continue their studies in business or management related programs in the near future, mainly at Bachelor level. The main focus of the course is the general aspects of modern business and management and provides a foundation to explore issues expanded on in future business courses. It provides students with the opportunity to develop a business vocabulary and advance critical and analytical thinking in solving business issues. The course also helps participants to acquire practical knowledge and skills that might be useful on the labor market or to start a new business.

Introduction to Social and Visual Studies

Taught by Márton Rövid and Virág Lődi

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the critical inquiry of social phenomena and their visual representation. Social questions and their representations are discussed together. How do forms of social exclusion, gender roles, and various stereotypes are represented in pop culture and art? How could we study and challenge forms of social oppression with visual tools? This is an introductory course in Hungarian language which is open to any interested persons irrespective of their educational background.

Open Seminars – Culture as common good in times of crisis

Taught by Márton Szarvas


OLIve Weekend Programme runs the Open Seminar Series every Saturday online. The Open Seminar will tackle with the issue of cultural production and the endeavors to reform or radically change the way it is structured and imagined.

Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking: Tools and Skills for Analysis in Study and Life

Taught by Masha Semashyna

This extended version of the OLIve Spring-Summer term course includes sessions on reasoning, and aims to use conversations about art and inequality as a springboard to practice critical thinking as a skill. The classes are discussion-based and heavily rely on student participation, such as creative activities, both in-class and assigned as homework, ranging from imagining art projects and drawing self-portraits, to translation and a virtual visit to a national gallery. The aim is to let students explore creative tools as thinking instruments that can further their understanding of how art is made and how we think about it.

Digital Literacy

Taught by Edward Branagan and Mahdi Jafari

This course is aimed at building students’ digital literacy skills and equipping them with the basic IT knowledge and capacities to function, participate, and contribute to the knowledge economy of the 21st century. Students will learn how to use a desktop computer and Microsoft Office applications including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel along with other dominantly used applications. In the final sessions, students will learn how to build a basic website. Lastly, this course will expose students to important digital terminology and teach students about communication etiquette and best practices such as on email writing.

Short courses

Academic Skills

Taught by Logan Strenchock

This course is designed to introduce students to the academic skills required to build competency in researching, designing, and drafting academic documents. Class sessions lead students through the various steps of academic document drafting, from research and data collection, to document layout,  
and final publishing. Class sessions lead students through the various steps of academic document drafting, from research and data collection, to document layout,  and final publishing. Students will practice their academic writing and hone their critical thinking skills.

Media Literacy

Taught by Nora Balkanyi

Understanding media is an essential skill these days. It especially helps those targeted by propaganda and those who try to settle in a very different environment from their own. The more one knows how the media works, the more critical, protected and aware one gets. The course utilises insider knowledge about the media with a lot practical, real-life cases and examples. Course structure: Media Massage – What Does “Media” Mean? // Video Killed the Radio Star – Media History // War is Peace: The Nature of Propaganda // Reality: Disappeared – The Crisis of the Press // Journalism, Q&A

Introduction to sustainable development

Taught by Marta Vetier

During the six week long short course students we will touch six global environmental and sustainability challenges that the world is facing. For each one we will clarify both the problem and the solutions. At the end of the course, students will be able to comprehend the basic terms in environmental sciences and sustainable development, gain an insight into the tools that governments, businesses and NGOs have in their hand to change the environment, think in (eco)systems and make changes in their own lives to live more environmentally-friendly lifestyles.