Spring – Summer 2021

Track Courses

English Communication Skills

Taught by Tom Popper  and Ana da Silva

This course offers students the opportunity to build confidence in their ability to communicate in English. Students will increase their ability to articulate ideas and concepts through effective communication: Listening, speaking, reading, writing, collaboration and presentation. Classes are discussion-based and students will have a chance to explore ideas, engage in debate, evaluate and build on the ideas of others. Classes cover a wide variety of topics, often generated by student interest. The classroom culture is one of inclusion and participation, with a focus on building a sense of community and a safe environment for collaborative learning

Human Rights and Social Justice II

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.

Individual possibilities and social traps

Taught by Cecília Kovai

The course aims to study how society shape the individual’s possibilities: how our birth country, region and the surrounding environment were influencing us. How our parents’ financial and social situation effect our possibilities. Are we part of a minority or not? What does it mean to be a man or a woman in our society where we live? Our course is based on the concept that the distribution of goods are not equal among countries and social groups in our world. We investigate during the course how these advantages and disadvantages define the possibilities of the individual.

Introduction to Business and Management II

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.

Career Development and Job seeking techniques

Taught by Timea Sófalvi

Learning Goals are to clarify personal career goals, to learn how to seek for a job and to be able to seek a job independently in Hungary.

Skills developed: 

  • Writing CV
  • Writing cover letter and knocking letter
  • Pitching yourself on a job interview
  • Do some networking
  • Approaching companies directly
  • Finding and replying for job adverts
  • Overview about the Hungarian job market

Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance II

Taught by Edward Branagan

This course covers basic financial concepts such as the time value of money and risk and return and aims to improve students’ skills in Excel. In addition to learning financial concepts, students will learn how to apply their knowledge to create a budget, analyze an expense report, and value projects using discounted cash flows. Students will also practice working in teams. In five sessions, students will be introduced to the following topics: Revenue and expense budgeting – how to analyze and create budget using a template // Expense analysis and reporting – manipulate pivot tables and create visuals of data // Risk and return; and time value of money // Project valuation – discounted cash flow (DCF) method and net present value // Role play simulation – impact of financial decisions on employees.

Thinking Big: Exploring Social Issues

Taught by Tamara Kolarić

This course is designed to give OLIve Weekend participants an introduction to some of the ‘big questions’ in social sciences, as introduction to and/or preparation for further multidisciplinary education.


Upon completing the course, the participants will:

  • become introduced to some of the ‘big’ topics in social sciences, and become familiar with some key works and theories/approaches; 
  • gain experience in critical thinking, argument-building, supporting and presentation;
  • gain practice in some core practical academic skills: note-taking, seeking out and identifying relevant literature, preparing short presentations, writing position papers, engaging in in-class debate;  
  • become better equipped to read, discuss and critique academic works; 


Urban Photography

Taught by Noemi Bulecza

Students will practice creativity and attention to detail, and acquire basic post-production skills. They will learn to develop a photographer’s eye for composition, ensuring that their photos will be improved in the future, even if only taken on a smartphone. They will also gain a more developed aesthetic appreciation for the world around them and have the confidence to capture and express their everyday lives through photography.

Learning Goals: 

  • Students will learn compositional rules of photography,
  • Learn visual storytelling,
  • and improve their sense of photographic principles to assist in higher quality personal photographs.

Online Radio and Podcasting

Taught by Dumitrița Holdiș & András Simongáti-Farquhar

The online radio and podcasting workshop will introduce students to the basics of making audio content and will include sessions on use of audio equipment, writing and listening, editing, and reaching the right audience. Audio content such as interviews, podcast episodes and online radio can be used in academic, political, and creative work. If you want to start your own publication, promote a cause, or make your work known to people, podcasting and radio can be a way to reach them. 

Time Management

Taught by Tímea Sófalvi

During the workshop we will explore our habits in managing our time: we will identify what works and what not – and we will look at the reasons behind it. We will discover useful practical knowledge that helps to understand how to be productive and what to do with postponing, time-stealers and other impediments.

Learning Goals: 

  • To understand deeper the basic principle of managing your time
  • To learn how to set up priorities
  • To face with the challenges of managing time in an efficient way

Career Coaching

Taught by Tímea Sófalvi

During the workshop we will explore a method called the Circle of Creativity, which is a spiral type of planning method that is used for both personal development / career planning and managing projects. It follows the logic of the Golden Circle of Simon Sinek: Why – How – What? The participants will create a career plan for themselves based on the learned method and will pitch it for the others.

Digital Literacy

Taught by Mahdi Jafari and Edward Branagan

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.

Hungarian Language

Taught by Levente Borsos

The course helps students develop their Hungarian language skills.