Course catalouges for incoming Erasmus students

Course catalouges for incoming Erasmus students

Please find our all courses offered for our incoming Erasmus students:

School of English and American Studies

Course code

Title of course

Type of course

Language of instruction

ECTS

Department Of English Studies

BA-courses

       

BBN-ANGF-202

British Society in Contemporary Films

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF17-210

Irish Films and Literature

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF17-212

Canadian Cinema

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF17-216

Icons on the Screen

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF17-218

Shakespeare on Films

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF-220

Modern British Literature and Booker Prize Winners on Film

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF17-222

The End in Sight: Utopia and Dystopia in Print and on the Screen

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF-312

Jane Austen’s Novels and their Cinematographic Versions

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF-316.01

Cultural Heritage and Films

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANGF-320.05

A Historical Legend and Its Faces: Churchill on Film

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-212

Medieval and Early Modern English literature

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-214

English literature from the Restoration until 1890

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-312.307.02

The Italian Opera and Its Cultural Implications

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-312.143

Early Modern Drama: The Theatre of Violence

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-312.97

Juvenile Fiction

seminar

English

5

BBN-ANG17-312.307.03

Restoration culture and its representations in the cinema

seminar

English

5

MA-courses

       

BMA-ANGD17-CI3a.03

Macbeth Line by Line: a Hermeneutical Approach

seminar

English

5

BMA-ANGD17-CI3a.04

Shakespeare in performance

seminar

English

5

BMA-ANGD17-CI9a.04

Reading Women Writers

seminar

English

5

BMA-ANGD17-CK5b.510

British Painting

seminar

English

6

BMA-ANGD17-CK5a.01

The Pre-Raphaelites

seminar

English

5

BMA-ANGD17-CP6a.52

Language, Rhetoric, Violence: W. B. Yeats and Politics

seminar

English

5

BMA-ANGD17-CP6a.01

Oscar Wilde and G. B. Shaw

seminar

English

5

Department of American Studies

BA

 

 

 

 

BBN-AME-204

American language development 2

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-213

American Literature 2

lecture

English

6

BBN-AME-216

American literature 4

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-221

History of the United States 1

lecture

English

6

BBN-AME-224

History of the United States 3

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-226

American culture 1

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-228           

American Culture 2

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-232

American English

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-236

American popular culture

seminar

English

6

BBN-AME-272

Introduction to Canadian Studies

seminar

English

6

MA

 

 

 

 

BMA-AMED17-211

The Political System of the U.S

lecture

English

6

BMA-AMED17-220

From Immigration to Multiculturality: Assimilation in the U.S

lecture

English

6

BMA-AMED17-230

Visual Culture in the United States

lecture

English

6

BMA-AMED17-240

Language, Mind, and American Culture

lecture

English

6

BMA-AMED-202

American Literary Canons

seminar

English

6

BMA-AMED-203

American literary theories

lecture

English

6

BMA-AMED-250

American popular culture

lecture

English

6

OTAK

 

 

 

 

OT-ANG-211

American literature

lecture

English

8

OT-ANG-220

American culture 

seminar

English

5

Department of English Applied Linguistics

BA

 

 

 

 

BBN-ANG11-108

Academic Skills 2

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-202

Skills Development

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-204

Content-Based Language Development

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-206

Advanced Writing

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-261

Applied Linguistics Lecture

lecture

English

6

MA

 

 

 

 

BMA-ANGD-CAn1

Individual Differences in Language Learning

seminar

English

12

BMA-ANGD-CAn2

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

seminar

English

12

Department of English Linguistics

BA

 

 

 

 

BBN-ANG11-132

Introduction to Linguistics

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.130

VPs, IPs, CPs

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.28

The English lexicon: words, below and above

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.29


Case Theory

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.30

A fresh view of Russian syntax, in English

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.35

The Development of Approaches to the Analysis of Nominal Constructions

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-141

Foundations of Phonology

lecture

English

4

BBN-ANG-151

Foundations of Syntax

lecture

English

4

BBN-ANG17-183

Typography

lecture

English

3

BBN-ANG-241


Phonology

lecture

English

3

BBN-ANG-242


Phonology

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-243

Advanced Phonology

lecture

English

6

BBN-ANG-251


Syntax

lecture

English

3

BBN-ANG-252

Syntax

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-253

Advanced Syntax

lecture

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342.113

Lexicology

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG11-342

Lexicography

seminar

English

6

MA

 

 

 

 

BMA-ANGD17-B3

Varieties of English and the History of English

lecture

English

8

BMA-ANGD17-CNy12b.1

The Voices of Syntax: Voice and Argument Structure Alternations

seminar

English

12

BMA-ANGD17-CNy13a.02

Evolutionary Phonology 2

seminar

English

6

BMA-ANGD17-CNy13a.27

Beowulf - reading Old English for advanced students

seminar

English

6

BMA-ANGD17-CNy15a.100

Some key issues in English morphology

seminar

English

6

BMA-ANGD-CNy10b

Covert modality and the status of the infinitival marker

seminar

English

12

BMA-ANGD-CNy15a.29

Morphology

seminar

English

6

Department of English Language Pedagogy

BA

 

 

 

 

BBN-ANG-106

Language Practice 2

 

seminar

English

8

BBN-ANG11-372.12

Introduction to New Zealand History, Literature, Culture and Film

seminar

English

10

BBN-ANG11-372.14

Communicating Across Cultures

seminar

English

8

BBN-ANG11-372.16

Australia Through Documentaries

seminar

English

10

BBN-ANG11-372.

Aboriginal issues

seminar

English

8

BBN-ANG-202

Skills Development

seminar

English

6

BBN-ANG-204

Content-Based Language Development

seminar

English

6

MA

 

 

 

 

BMA-ANGD17-CP1b.03

Introduction to Australian Literature and Culture

seminar

English

10

BMA-ANGD-CK10.04

Nationality and Identity in Australian Film

seminar

English

10

OTAK

 

 

 

 

OT-ANG-274

Focus on the language learner

seminar

 

4

OT-ANG-306

Professional language development for teachers 2

seminar

English

4

OT-ANG-374

Classroom studies

seminar

English

4

OT-ANG-378

The methodology of teaching English as a foreign language 2

seminar

English

8

OT-ANG-370

Elective course in language pedagogy

lecture

English

4


Institute for the Theory of Art and Media Studies

Department of Film Studies

Department of Media and Communication

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BMA-MEDD-601.129

Hungarian and International Freespeech Contexts

seminar

English

10

BMA-MEDD-601.130

Fake News

seminar

English

10

BMI-FILMD-322E.37

There is a Place – Online Personal Video: Theory and History 

lecture/seminar

(This course is one of two linked courses, which can only be taken together. )

English

10

BMI-FILMD-322E.38

There is a Place – Online Personal Video: Theory and History 

lecture/seminar

(This course is one of two linked courses, which can only be taken together.) 

English

10

BMA-MEDD-601.128

Birth of the Cool: identity and popular culture in mid-20th century America

seminar

English

10

BMI-FILMD-322E.36

Roma Identities in Motion

seminar

English

10

 

Institute of Philosophy

Institute of Ancient and Classical Studies

Institute of Ancient and Classical Studies


Institute of Informatics and Library Science

Institute of Informatics and Library Science


Institute of Germanic Studies

Scandinavian Department

Department of Dutch Studies


Institute of Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BBN-ERA-091

BMA-ERAD-091

Movements in Hungarian Literature

S

English

6

BMA-KET-308

Travel Literature in Early Modern Europe and Hungary

S

English

3

 

Some other MA level courses held in Hungarian might also be available for exchange students with specific research interest in consultation form. If you are interested in this possibility, please contact the particular department or instructor individually.

 

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BBI-MIR-843

Modern Hungarian Literature

L

primarily Hungarian

3

BBI-MIR-844

Contemporary Hungarian Literature

S

primarily Hungarian

3

BBI-MIR-841

Literary Theory 1

L

primarily Hungarian

3

BBI-MIR-842

Practical Poetics

S

primarily Hungarian

3

BBI-MIR-845

World Literature in the 20th Century

L

primarily Hungarian

3

 
These courses are offered exclusively for foreign speakers with a good command (C1) of Hungarian. If you are planning to take such a course, you are advised to contact the instructor in advance.
If you are a native speaker or an excellent user of the Hungarian language at C2 level, you can choose any course offered in Hungarian by the Institution of Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies.
 

Institute of Slavonic and Baltic Studies

Ukrainian Department

Further information

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

UKRD-204

Professional Ukrainian Languauge 2.

S

ukrainian

3

UKRD16-212

Contemporary Ukrainian Language 2.

(Textlinguistics)

L

ukrainian

4

UKR11-223

History of Ukrainian Literature 3 (from the beginning of the 20th century until now)

L

hungarian/ ukrainian

3

UKR11-224

History of Ukrainian Literature 3

S

hungarian/ ukrainian

3

OT-UKR-211

Ukrainian Language Practice 6

S

ukrainian

4

OT-UKR-206

Ukrainian Linguistics 2

(Suffixation, Syntax)

S

ukrainian

4

BBN-UKR11-

Ukrainian Painting

S

ukrainian

3

BBN-UKR11-213

Ukrainian linguistics 3 (word formation, syntax)

L

ukrainian

4

BBN-UKR11-214

Ukrainian linguistics 4 (word formation, syntax)

S

ukrainian

4

UKR11-204

Ukrainian Language Practice 2

S

hungarian/ ukrainian

5

UKR11-206

Ukrainian Language Practice 4

S

hungarian/ ukrainian

5

UKR16-

Classical Ukranian Literature in Movies

S

ukrainian

3

UKR11-204

Ukrainian Language Practice 2.

S

hungarian/ukrainian

5

UKR11-206

Ukrainian Language Practice 4.

S

ukrainian/hungarian

5

 

Institute of Romance Studies

Department of Romanian Philology

Further information

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BBN-ROM11-101

Introduction to the Romance (Romanian) Studies

lecture

Romanian, French

5

BBN-ROM11-114

Romanian Language Development 4

seminar

Romanian, English

4

BBN-ROM-123

Romanian Descriptiv Grammar 3

lecture

Romaian, English

4

BBN-ROM-124

Romanian Descriptiv Grammar4

seminar

Romanian, English

4

BBN-ROM11-132

History of Romanians 2

lecture

Romanian, French,

English

5

BBN-ROM-212

History of Romanian Language

lecture

Romanian, French

5

BBN-ROM-223

Romanian Language Development 7

seminar

Romanian, English

4

BBN-ROM-224

Romanian Language Development 8

seminar

Romanian,

English

4

BBN-ROM-361

Romanian Folklore

lecture

Romanian,

English

4

BMA-ROMD-104

Lexicography

seminar

Romanian,

French

5

BMA-ROMD15-112

History of Romanian Culture 2

seminar

Romanian,

English

5

BMA-ROMD-207

Romanian-Hungarian Cultural Relationships 4

lecture

Romanian

English

5

BMA-ROMD-208

Romanian-Hungarian Cultural Relationships 4

seminar

Romanian

English

5

BMA-ROMD-216

Romanian-Hungarian Common History

lecture

Romanian

English

4

BMA-ROMD-218

Traduction of the Romanian Literary Texts 1

seminar

Romanian

German

5

 

Department of Spanish Language and Literature


Ethnology Institute

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BMA-ERAD-090:1

Politics of culture

Seminar

English

3

BMI-ENSEMEIO-210

Myths, tales, legends, narratives and cultural thinking

Lecture

English

4

BMVD-090.66

Hungarian politics of culture

Seminar

English

2

BMA-ERAD 090

Hungarian cultural studies

Seminar

English

3

 

Institute of Hungarian Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies

Department of Finno-Ugric Studies

Further information

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

EST11-202

Észt nyelv 2.
(Estonian Language 2., A1)

S

(HU/)EST

5

EST11-204

Észt nyelv 4.
(Estonian Language 4., A2)

S

(HU/)EST

5

EST11-206

Észt nyelv 6.
(Estonian Language 6. B1)

S

(HU/)EST

S

EST11-221

Az észt irodalmi nyelv története
(History of Estonian Literary Language)

L

HU

4

EST-233

Országismeret és észt történelem (Geography and History of Estonia)

L

HU

5

EST-244

Észt történelem és művelődéstörténet (Estonian History and Cultural History)

L

HU

4

FUGD-203:1

Uráli nyelvek III.: Észt (Uralic Languages III.: Estonian, B2)

S

EST

5

FUGD-329

Észt irodalom III. (Estonian Literature III. – Literature in the 1950s–1970s)

S

EST

4

FUGD17-326

Észt nyelvi variáció (Linguistic Variation in Estonian)

L

EST

4

FIN17-202

Finn nyelv 2.
(Finnish Language 2., A1)

S

(HU /) FI

5

FIN17-204

Finn nyelv 4.
(Finnish Language 4., A2)

S

(HU/) FI

5

FIN11-206

Finn nyelv 6.
(Finnish Language 4., B1)

S

(HU /) FI

5

FIN17-222

A finn nyelv rendszere és kutatása (The System and Research of the Finnish Language)

L

HU

4

FIN11-241

Finn történelem (History of Finland)

L

HU

4

FIN11-262

Bevezetés a finn irodalomba 2. (Introduction to the Finnish Literature – Literature of the 1900s and 2000s)

L

HU

4

FUGD17-414

Finn nyelvtörténet (Finnish Language History)

S

FI

4

FUGD17-417

Balti-finn nyelvészet II.: A balti-finn nyelvek (Baltic-Finnic Linguistics II.: Baltic-Finnic Languages)

L

FI

4

FUGD-439

Finn irodalom IV. (Finnish Literature IV.: Contemporary Literature)

S

FI

4

FUGD-440

Finn néprajz és kultúra (Finnish Ethnology and Culture)

L

FI

4

FUGD-441

Finn nyelvváltozatok (Linguistic Variation in Finnish)

L

FI

4

FUGD17-432:X

Szakszeminárium: Finn filmművészet (Specialization Course: Finnish Cinematography)

S

FI

4

FUG11-201

Történeti és összehasonlító nyelvészet (Diachronic and Comparative Lingustics)

L

HU

4

FUG17-271

Egy kisebb rokon nyelv 1.: udmurt

(Basic Course of a Smaller Finno-Ugrian Language 1.: Udmurt)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Udmurt

3

FUG17-272:X

Egy kisebb rokon nyelv 2.: mari
(Basic Course of a Smaller Finno-Ugrian Language 2.: Mari)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Mari

3

FUG-303.X

Finnugor szakszeminárium: Orosz nyelv (Special Seminar in Finno-Ugristics)

S

HU (EN) / RU

3

FUGD17-509

Az egyik kisebb uráli nyelv I.: udmurt (Optional Uralic Language I.: Udmurt)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Udmurt

3

FUGD17-510

Az egyik kisebb uráli nyelv II.: mari, komi-permják (Optional Uralic Language II.: Mari, Komi-Permyak)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Mari, Komi-Permyak

3

FUGD17-511

Az egyik kisebb uráli nyelv III.: mari, komi-permják (Optional Uralic Language III.: Mari, Komi-Permyak)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Mari, Komi-Permyak

3

FUGD17-512

Az egyik kisebb uráli nyelv IV.: mari, komi-permják (Optional Uralic Language IV.: Mari, Komi-Permyak)

S

HU (RU/EN) / Mari, Komi-Permyak

3


Institute of Historical Studies

Course code

Title of course

Type of course (seminar or lecture)

Language of instruction

ECTS

BBN-ERA-185/27

The Geopolitics of Eurasia and the Turkic Sphere

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-185/28

BRICS: tomorrow’s emerging power’s grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-185/7

National and Imperial Features in the Habsburg and Romanov Empires between 1848 and 1917/1918

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-186/16

Social History of Nineteenth-century Hungary. An Overview

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-187/2, BMA-ERAD-187/2

Albania and the Ottoman Empire, Fifteenth to Twentieth Centuries

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-187/3, BMA-ERAD-187/3

History of Daily Life – Albania in the Balkan Context

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-186/14

The Rise of the Modern Public Sphere and the Gutenberg Galaxy in Europe

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-186/15

Film and History

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-231; BMA-ERAD-231

Towns and their Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Society, economy and civilisation in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-185/22

Latin American Political Leaders after the “Third Wave” of Global Democratization

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-186/13; BMA-ERAD-186/13

Cities of Central Europe in the 20-21st Century: Identities, Politics, and Memory

Seminar

English

6

BBN-ERA-184/3; BMA-ERAD-184/3

Everyday Socialism in Hungary

seminar

English

6

 

Courses are held in English
ECTS: 6 credits for each course
For more information on the courses, please contact the respective professors.

BYRAPPA, Ramachandra dr. 
The Geopolitics of Eurasia and the Turkic Sphere
Course code: BBN-ERA-185/27
Time: Tuesday 16.00 – 17.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/204. 
rama.byrappa@gmail.com
Today’s events are not islands in an ocean. Most of the current happenings have geopolitical origins in the century before or even earlier. To get a good understanding of today’s world affairs, one needs an analytical perspective of the geopolitical and historic developments. To know and analyse these events is one thing but being able to convey them to others verbally is another thing. The true extent of your understanding of a situation or event very much depends upon your ability to convey it to others, and the rational defence of your interpretation of it. This seminar can be an excellent arena for testing and developing your intellectual capabilities.

BYRAPPA, Ramachandra dr. 
BRICS: tomorrow’s emerging power’s grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)
Course code: BBN-ERA-185/28 
Time: Tuesday 12.00 – 13.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/204. 
rama.byrappa@gmail.com
World Order is in turmoil. Events are snowballing at a hyper pace. No one knows what the world will look like in a few years’ time. Yet, world events are increasingly influencing the way we think and live. We have to have a grip on trends and evolutions to keep in pace with them and plan for tomorrow. This course is designed exactly for that purpose, give an insight into the dynamics and conduct of world affairs. Who is in charge? What are the power coalitions that are controlling us? What are the new instruments of world power? What are the alternatives to the Western world order that has dominated us for so long? Are these alternatives viable or acceptable to your generation? The course proposes to equip you with a historic background, so that you can successfully formulate your own answers to all these crucial questions.

GECSE, Géza dr. 
National and Imperial Features in the Habsburg and Romanov Empires between 1848 and 1917/1918 
Course code: BBN-ERA-185/7 
Time: Tuesday, 16.00 – 17.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/213. 
gecsege@gmail.com 
In the past two decades, a major debate has emerged concerning characteristic features of Empires, imperial ideologies, and the primary features of nation states and their relationship with democracy. The entire topic is related to the gradual split of the multinational Soviet Empire in the second half of the 1980s and its subsequent dissolution in 1991. 
Consequently, the Soviet State was transformed into more or less democratic nation-states, including Russia itself, although it is yet unclear what this state inherited directly from the Russian and Soviet imperial past, and how this has been incorporated into the Russian national mindset. 
In a way, the second part of nineteenth-century European History is similar to this process, for this was the age of the emergence of classical nation states in the world at large. Therefore the aim of the seminar is to describe how this process developed in multiethnic states, and in particular in the Habsburg and Romanov Empires. Demonstrated will be the national endeavours to form policies by both states in addition to the result of these efforts and their output in international politics between 1848 and 1917/1918. 


HALMOS, Károly dr. 
Social History of Nineteenth-century Hungary. An Overview 
Course code: BBN-ERA-186/13
Time: Tuesday, 18.00 – 19.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/265. 
halmoskaroly@aim.com 
halmos.karoly@btk.elte.hu 
The course is based on the recent volume of studies on nineteenth-century Hungarian social history, written by György Kövér. It serves as a chronological preparation for the courses offered in the field of twentieth-century Hungarian history. Demography, spatiality, stratification, mobility, nation building (cultural history and mentality, history of political participation) are the basic issues of the sessions. 
Requirements: 
- Visiting the classes
- Preparation for the classes (e.g. posing questions concerning the chapter read) 
- Participation in the discussion 
- A paper of 10,000 characters comparing your native or favoured country and Hungary along one of the topics discussed, in the time-frame of the Nineteenth century
Readings: 
Kövér, György: Inert Transformation: Social History of Hungary from the Reform Era to World War I. In: Gyáni, Gábor – Kövér, György – Valuch, Tibor: Social History of Hungary from the Reform Era to the End of the Twentieth Century. Social Science Monographs – Atlantic Research and Publications, Boulder, CO – Highland Lakes, N.J. 2004, pp. 3-267. (Atlantic Studies on Society in Change 113 – East European Monographs 692.) 

LALA, Etleva dr. 
Albania and the Ottoman Empire, Fifteenth to Twentieth Centuries 
Course codes: BBN-ERA-187/2, BMA-ERAD-187/2 
Time: Thursday, 10.30 – 12.00 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/229. 
etlevalala@yahoo.com 
lala.etleva@btk.elte.hu 
This course studies the Ottoman rule in Albania starting from the fall of Albanian territories under the Ottoman rule to the state independence in 1912. It is focusing on the following topics: 
- The fall of Albania under the Ottoman rule (Fifteenth to Sixteenth centuries) 
- The defter and the registration of the populace (Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries) 
- The politico-administrative organization of Albanian territories into Sandžaks – the rise of the Albanian dynasties 
- The economic development in Albania 
- The cultural development in Albania 
- The Code of Lek Dukagjini and the Islamic Law 
- Muslim Religion and Identity in Albania 
- Albanian nationalism under Ottoman Rule 
- Ottoman Legacy in Albania 
Student evaluation will be based on learning portfolio. Students will submit different small tasks like summaries, reflective papers, literature review on a chosen topic, annotated bibliography, or even a research proposal. At the end of the course, students will choose three of these tasks to receive their grades. 

LALA, Etleva dr. 
History of Daily Life – Albania in the Balkan Context 
Course codes: BBN-ERA-187/3, BMA-ERAD-187/3 
Time: Thursday, 12.30 – 14.00 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/229. 
etlevalala@yahoo.com 
lala.etleva@btk.elte.hu 5 
The History of Daily Life in Albania in the Balkan Context aims at highlighting the role of repetitive, habitualized and routinized behavior of humans of this region in the past, spotting thus patterns that otherwise would be hidden by the big events. Since the Balkan countries share in many aspects mentality and behavior, standard of living, (outer) appearance, dress, food, nutrition, housing, and their development, the comparative approach in addressing the daily life would enrich the better understanding of the country and of the region. The case studies that highlight the shared experiences and traditions of the region will be underpinned with literature that pays special attention to the theoretical and methodological aspects of analysis, the usage of various types of sources (written material, images, archaeological evidence) and their critical interpretation. Questions of source intention, representation, image and 'reality,' norm and practice, contrasts, connotations, ambiguities, and ambivalences will have a special focus. 

MÁTAY, Mónika dr. 
The Rise of the Modern Public Sphere and the Gutenberg Galaxy in Europe
Course code: BBN-ERA-186/14
Time: Thursday, 10.00 – 11.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/262. 
matay.monika@btk.elte.hu
The influence of the media and the public sphere has always been a relevant topic since the invention of the printing press and it is still the case in the 21st century. The course is an introduction into the various interpretations of the modern public sphere and to its social and cultural context. The seminars will explore the main theories and problems of public communication. First, we discuss the seminal work of the German sociologist, Jürgen Habermas on the structural transformation of the public sphere in Europe. Accordingly, the seminar will focus on the challenging critics of Habermas’s model developed by prominent historians and sociologists. Second, we pay attention to concrete historical examples from western countries, such as England and France. We will examine the role of civil society, religion, political institutions, the family, different social groups, etc. in the emergence of the public realm. We will also explore the scenes of public discussions such as salons and coffeehouses, the economic and political mechanism of the underground literature, the participants of the underworld, and the function of early modern urban riots in the formation of public opinion. The period extends from the early sixteenth to the middle of the twentieth century. Finally, we explore some of the major issues, political, social, and economic conditions of the national public spheres in Eastern and Central Europe. 

MÁTAY, Mónika dr. 
Film and History
Course code: BBN-ERA-186/15
Time: Thursday, 14.00 – 15.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/262. 
matay.monika@btk.elte.hu
How can historians use films as historical sources? Can we only incorporate documentaries into our research, of films in general are worth of historical analysis? Visual sources have been integral to social memory since the early times of human history, cave drawings had been important ways of expressing feelings and ideas. Since that ancient time period, the human being had produced immense amounts of visual traces which are supposed to be read as texts and interpreted as objectifications of human behavior and thoughts. 
Since the beginning of the 20th century the moving picture became even more integral part of human history. Paraphrasing John Austin’s seminal question, “How to do things with words?”, we can pose the question: How to do things with films? To understand the influences and manipulative potentials, techniques of films are possible analytical ways to approach this unique set of sources, but beyond that, we can turn to films in many other ways. How did electronic visual image change the perception of reality? How did films influence historical, geographic, etc. knowledge in general? How did values transmitted via films shape social life, communication, social behavior? During the seminars we watch and analyze a selection of important and influential European films in order to understand the relationship between modern social world and the moving picture more deeply. The goal of class discussions is to put the films into their original political and cultural context in order to get a better understanding of their impacts.      


NAGY, Balázs dr. – VADAS, András dr. – Erdősi, Péter dr.
Towns and their Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Society, economy and civilisation in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
Course codes: BBN-ERA-231; BMA-ERAD-231
Time: Wednesday, 8.30 – 10.00 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. I/136. 
nagybal@elte.hu 
vadas.andras@btk.elte.hu
erdosi.peter@btk.elte.hu
Towns in the Middle Ages represent a distinct group of settlements. However they are very varied in their physical appearance, topography as well as their societies. The course aims to explore the development of some urban centers in medieval Europe from the early medieval period up to the seventeenth century.
Three problems will be discussed in details. On the one hand, the problem of defining towns in the Middle Ages: how much legal, topographic, functional approaches can be fruitful in the study of medieval towns. Second, the topographic development of some towns, both in medieval Western and Central Europe, will be analyzed. Amongst the case studies Buda, Prague, Cracow as well as Paris and London will be discussed. Thirdly, the course looks at the problem of the use of space in medieval towns.
Having recourse to these problems, the last section of the seminar will analyse the impact of early modern trends, such as the making of princely courts as centralising institutions of power and the advent of Reformation and Catholic Reform, on the uses of urban space, especially in Central Europe.

SZILÁGYI, Ágnes dr. 
Latin American Political Leaders after the “Third Wave” of Global Democratization
Course code: BBN-ERA-185/22 
Time: Tuesday, 10.00 – 11.30 
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/209. 
szilagyi.agnes@btk.elte.hu 

Important changes have taken place in Latin America’s political development process in the late 20th century. Peace and democracy has largely replaced dictatorship and conflict in the region. The seminar attempts an overview of the most important leaders after the transition from authoritarianism to democracy in various Latin American countries.
Readings: 
Domínguez, Jorge I. (ed.): Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes in Latin America. Garland, New York, 1994.
Gutierrez, Francisco: Institutionalizing Global Wars: State Transformations in Columbia, 1978-2002, in Journal of International Affairs, Fall 2003, pp.135–152. 
Higley, John – Richard Gunther (eds.): Elites and Democratic Consolidation in Latin America and Southern Europe. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992.
O’Donnell, Guillermo A.: Counterpoints: Selected Essays on Authoritarianism and Democratization. University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame (Ind.), 1999.
Payne, Leigh A.: Uncivil Movements: The Armed Right Wing and Democracy in Latin America. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2000.
Philip, George: Democracy in Latin America: Surviving Conflict and Crisis? Polity, Malden (Mass.), 2003.


SZÍVÓS, Erika dr. 
Cities of Central Europe in the 20-21st Century: Identities, Politics, and Memory 
Course codes: BBN-ERA-186/13; BMA-ERAD-186/13
Time: Thursday, 10.00 – 15.30
Location: Múzeum krt. 6–8. II/266.
szivos.erika@btk.elte.hu
The seminar aims to introduce students into the 20th- and 21st-century histories of major Central European cities. Besides capital cities such as Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, other cities and regional centers will be featured as well. Classes will explore the ways various political visions and ideologies have shaped the physical space, architecture, society, and culture in Central European cities throughout the past century (including the post-Communist era), and discuss the responses of urban societies to regime changes and new challenges during successive political periods.
Special emphasis will be placed on memory and heritage; seminar readings will reveal the ways collective identities – of nations, minorities, or local communities - have been represented in the changing urban space, e. g. in the form of memorials, festivals, or place names. Classroom comparisons will highlight the discussed cities’ special characteristics, but will also reflect on the ways cities’ identities and urban heritage have been exploited by city marketing and the tourist industry in recent decades.


VARGA, Zsuzsanna dr.
Everyday Socialism in Hungary
Course code: BBN-ERA-184/3; BMA-ERAD-184/3
Time: Thursday, 10h00-11h30
Location: Múzeum krt. 6-8. II/218.
varga.zsuzsanna@btk.elte.hu
The focus of most historical research into the recent past of Hungary has been and still continues to be on the processes of high politics. Much less attention has been paid to the issue of how socialism was experienced by the Hungarian population. This course gives an overview on the relationship between state projects (forced industrialization, collectivization, etc.) and social groups. However, the main focus is on everyday experience of the society from a bottom-up perspective. It concentrates on topics such as socialist consumerism, private and public spheres, leisure time activities, youth culture, etc.