Advocacy

General purpose
Sessions will feature a mix of lectures, group discussions, hands-on practicums, as well as two field trips within Budapest to meet with organizations engaged with work in this field. The course is organized thematically across each day, building from macro issues and broad conceptual overviews, to specific target topics and case studies, including introductions to different research methods and technologies. The teaching style will be interactive and participatory.

What will participants learn?
Participants will get a deep understandings of key literature, scholars, networks, and research projects that are ongoing in the fields covered by the course. This will be of use to them in their scholarship and applied work back home. They will also learn a set of practical skills to use in their advocacy work.

Trainers
Advocacy courses are run by experts in civil society and technology, media activism, community media, journalism, media policy, surveillance, human rights and freedom of expression.

Courses on offer

Media Capture: New Forms of Power

Skills
The aim of this course is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the nature of these new power relations and how they influence media and journalism; and with advocacy training to help them play a role in campaigning for progressive media policy and laws in their countries. This course can be designed for periods of between three days and one week.

Location
The course can be taught CEU’s premises in Budapest, and can also be designed to be carried out also other locations, depending on the needs of the organizations and participants.

Internet Governance, Civil Society and Policy Advocacy

Skills
The aim of this course is to help build that capacity and to provide civil society with necessary knowledge, advocacy training and digital tools to play a leading role in advancing internet freedom and communication rights, and to help human rights advocates and researchers gain knowledge of the issues around internet governance. This course can be designed periods between three days and one week.

Location
The course can be taught CEU’s premises Budapest, but can be designed to be carried out also in other location, depending on the needs of the organizations and participants interested in it.

Practical Workshop on Advocacy Planning

Skills
This is a short-term workshop designed for organizations as well as individuals who are working on designing a specific advocacy campaign. It is ideal for groups that are in the planning stage of such advocacy work. At the same time, depending on actual needs, it could also fit organizations that are in the process of implementing a specific advocacy project, but face problems in reaching their targets. The workshop can thus be designed to address specific needs and problems and help organizations change strategies and adopt more effective ways to reach their goals.

Location
The course can be taught CEU’s premises in Budapest, but can also be carried out in other locations, depending on the needs of the organizations and participants. This workshop involves active participation from trainees in designing the format and length of the workshop, as it is built to address specific projects that are being planned or implemented.