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academic year: 2004-2005


Application deadline: 31 January 2004 (all applications should reach the CRC office by this date)

The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) of Central European University, sponsored by the Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Institute, announces a call for proposals to develop new, innovative and relevant university courses.

Aims of the Program

1. This competition is intended to encourage the introduction of new courses, which are innovative in content, methodology and teaching approach.

2. The program funds innovative courses in order to have a measurable impact on the host department's curricula and its mode of delivery. In this way, the program seeks to further the development and dissemination of new curricula across our region (defined as Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia).

3. We also aim to provide incentives and means for interdisciplinary and international co-operation amongst academics from the region.


Application is restricted to resident citizens of Eastern- and Southeastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Mongolia who are teaching or intending to teach at a university in any country of this region. Citizens of EU accession countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) are eligible only if they participate in group projects with colleagues from non-accession countries (we strongly encourage such collaborative proposals) AND/OR they propose courses developed in any of the discipline areas described below that have a significant component dedicated to the situation of Roma populations.

Requirements for course proposals

1. Applicants are invited to develop and teach a one or two semester long course in the discipline areas listed below. The course should be clearly directed towards one of the following levels: introductory, intermediate, advanced, post-graduate.

2. The competition is open to individuals and groups for 10 month grants (with the possibility of grant extension for some of the most promising courses). During this period, successful applicants should first prepare and then teach their proposed course.

3. Group grants will be awarded to promote innovative, collaborative projects and priority will be given to groups of academics from at least two different countries or cities of the region who aim to design a course from an international perspective.

4. CDC strongly prefers to fund courses that are at least partially based on applicants' original research in their field.

5. All applicants should show how they intend to apply new teaching methodology to delivering the course.

6. Project proposals should demonstrate the following: potential to contribute to curriculum reform at host departments; innovative character and approach (also to course design); relevance to regional or global issues; scientific quality in the selected field; feasibility.

7. All accepted applicants are required to attend two workshops: one workshop at the beginning of their grant period and another before their teaching period begins. The exact dates will be confirmed and announced later for selected applicants.

Course Development Competition Grants

Grants for both individual and group projects will consist of the following:

1. Monthly individual stipends for the preparation and teaching period. Each CDC grantee will receive a monthly stipend, the amount of which depends on the country where the course development and teaching will be carried out. The amount of the stipend is not negotiable.

2. An allowance for legitimate course development expenses (book purchases, reader production, teaching materials, photocopying, slides, etc.).We strongly encourage our grantees to produce readers for their courses (collection of articles, papers, chapters, charts, etc. that represent readings and other materials for the course). We will not fund the production of printed textbooks.

3. An allowance for additional, justified travel costs and administrative expenses in the case of group grants.

4. By negotiation with the CRC, an allowance for justified travel to a library outside the home city for the development of course materials etc. The CRC will not, however, cover the costs of study or conference participation in countries outside the region.

Group stipends for the teaching period will be calculated from the amount of a full stipend in proportion to the degree of involvement of each participant (involvement should be expressed clearly as a percentage in the course plan). Group leaders will, in addition, receive a small group leader's fee for their extra responsibilities.

Please note that the CDC grant cannot fund the purchase of any equipment (computers, scanners, printers, etc.)

Evaluation Procedures

Applications will be evaluated and judged by a special selection committee set up by the CRC. Members of the committee will be respected scholars with sufficient knowledge of the higher education needs of the region. Finally, all grantees are expected to submit interim and final project reports, a finished course syllabus, student evaluation forms and their head of department's reflections on the results. Finished course syllabi will be edited and placed on the CRC Web Site to be available to all. The CRC will visit a selected number of grantees during the course implementation.

How to Apply

1. Applications must be presented in English on CRC Course Development Competition forms (photocopied forms are acceptable).

2. For individual proposals, the application form must be accompanied by a description of the proposed course (in the form of a draft syllabus), preliminary bibliography of materials to be used in preparation and teaching, a curriculum vitae (also highlighting research activity), a letter of recommendation and a letter of endorsement from the host university. The letter of endorsement should include the host university's commitment to allowing you to teach the proposed course, and should clearly indicate the period when the course will be taught.

3. For group proposals, the application should be submitted by the project leader. In addition to the above it should contain a list of the individuals involved in the project, their CVs, institutional affiliations, contact information and a letter from each individual stating their willingness to be involved in the project. For group projects letters of endorsement must be submitted from all the institutions that will host the course (Please feel free to duplicate the letter of endorsement form if necessary).

4. Application forms can be obtained from local CEU representatives, the Curriculum Resource Center at Central European University or from our website, http://www.ceu.hu/crc/cdc/. Applications must arrive to CRC by 31 January 2004 (to the address: CRC - Central European University, 1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9, Hungary or to cdc@ceu.hu - please note that letters of endorsement and recommendation will be accepted by regular mail, fax or directly from the e-mail address of the writer of the letter). Applicants will be informed about the results in early March. Courses should be taught during the first and/or second semester of the 2004/2005 academic year.

Discipline Areas for the Course Development Competition 2004-2005

The CRC invites applications to the Course Development Competition in the discipline/ subject areas briefly described below.

Especially in case of applications from countries with a substantial Roma population priority will be given to proposals for courses that have either a specific component or are entirely dedicated to dealing with the situation of the Roma.

Environmental Policy

We are inviting courses that will help students develop empirical and theoretical skills required to conduct systematic analysis of environmental policy. Specific environmental policy areas encouraged are: sustainable energy policy, climate change policy, environmental planning and (corporate) environmental management, environmental assessment (EIA and SEA), integrated state-of-the-environment assessment.

Legal studies - Human Rights

We encourage courses that will provide the theoretical grounding in traditional and alternative approaches to human rights. Courses could offer instruction on the specific legal mechanisms and institutional processes for effectively approaching the human rights issues confronting Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia., while addressing major relevant issues debated by the community of scholars and practitioners in human rights.

Gender and Politics

We encourage courses exploring various areas of gender and politics, in particular:

a) Courses that deal with the problematic of gender and national/local politics (women's representation, women and political parties and political process, constructions of masculinity and femininity in political culture, women in micro-politics, women's involvement in reshaping the private-public divide, etc). Courses that compare different levels of political processes or different national cases are particularly welcome.

b) Courses that explore gender and International Relations Theory; in particular, women's role in shaping international relations, international organizations and women's movements, gender and security (gender and military culture/militarization, women in the military, etc.) and gender and ethnic conflict/nationalism (constructions of masculinity and femininity underlying nationalist movements, women in war, etc).


We welcome empirically grounded proposals using on-going theoretical debates in regional and international literature and engaging issues of institutional change at the micro and/or macro levels. Areas of particular interest include political sociology and economic sociology, urban sociology, sociology of post-communist transition, globalization, post-colonial theory.


We encourage individuals or teams to design new courses that:

1) are based on original ethnographic investigations in topics relevant to current social changes and processes, such as the rise of capitalisms, the formation of new forms of political mobilization, transnational production of knowledge and culture, and novel classifications of groups in society.

2) aim to introduce new theoretical debates or methodological approaches to the teaching of anthropology in the region (for example in areas of contemporary urban cultural processes, changes in popular culture, discourses on development, civil society, and social movements)

3) are oriented to the development of qualitative research methods and fieldwork methods by involving students in focused and carefully designed, short-term fieldwork and research projects.

Public Policy

We welcome applications for courses in Public Policy and Public Sector Analysis. Whilst the proposed courses should stem from rigorous, systematic and evidence-based research, the topics to be discussed should contribute to a conceptual analysis of the economic, ethical, legal and political dimensions of policy making. Conceptual themes and approaches should also be balanced with case studies relevant to post-socialist countries and other emerging democracies. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: global and regional governance; administrative reform; the non-profit or third sector; social capital and rural economic reform; anti-discrimination, equal opportunities and immigration policies; civil society, civil rights and social inclusion; health policy. The course proposals should also indicate the policy-related as well as scholarly objectives and skills to be achieved and delivered to future course students.

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