Lehrveranstaltungen ARAGÓN Edgar

Instructor  Edgar Aragón

External Partners  Oikodrom, Oikoplus

Course description:

This project group is conducted in collaboration with the NGO Oikodrom – the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability (http://www.oikodrom.org/) and the communications agency Oikoplus (http://www.oikoplus.com/), both based in Vienna, Austria.

The objective of this project group is to support a community and urban development NGO  based in Vienna with specific projects in Brussels and Latin America. The client, the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, OIKODROM, and its private spin off OIKOPLUS together with other stakeholders will soon start a community development project in Brussels. The objective of the project is to improve the conditions of ‘problematic’ neighborhoods to generate the conditions for a sustainable and prosperous community. At the same time, the client will be applying for new Horizon 2020 call for another urban development project in Latin America.

Willy Brandt students are needed to help in the early stages of project development (design funding, implementation). This will allow them to gain real experience on conducting projects with a high social impact and multiple stakeholders. In order to comply with the requirements of the client, students will first organize themselves as a consulting unit, assigning among themselves all the necessary tasks required to submit the deliverables on time.

Students are expected to work in this Project Group half-time, from mid-October to mid-February approximately and to spend extra hours during specific periods, especially during the deliverable submission and the field trip (Brussels or Vienna).

This project group will allow students to further develop their skills, and to refer to this project experience during future job interviews. For example: team work, project management, time management, stress resistance, communication & dissemination, working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment,  migrant integration, community development, urban development, H2020 proposal writing.

All students are welcome, specially students who speak French or German or Spanish and those who are interested in project management, proposal writing and community development.


Introduction  Tue. Oct. 23, 2018, 18 – 20 hrs

Time  Tuesday, 18 – 20 hrs 

Location  WBS/ -104

Open for regular MPP students   

Mandatory for second-year students: one of the Project Groups!

Welcome to Political Advocacy and Leadership!

Course description:

This course seeks to familiarize students with the theories and practical concepts of leadership and political advocacy. It is designed to capacitate students to work successfully in management positions, to direct and coordinate human resources, and to advocate issues successfully in a political context.

Leadership is a process of influencing and supporting others to work enthusiastically towards achieving objectives. A leader is the catalyst that transforms potential into reality. Good leaders develop through a continuous process of self-study, education, training, and experience. In this context we will discuss major factors in and principles of leadership and discuss implications for strategic management and political leadership.

In the context of political advocacy, we aim to better understand the complexity of leadership in public and political environments. Political advocacy can include many activities that a person undertakes such as media campaigns, lobbying, or public speaking which need to be aligned to ensure optimal outcomes. The assessment of specific examples will allow us to draw lessons on how to best align those activities to optimize political advocacy.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to apply a variety of leadership styles; identify leadership mistakes and be able to avoid them; distinguish between private, public, and non-profit leadership styles; transfer good practice examples of public and political leadership into practice. Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity to learn more about their own leadership skills and styles. Finally, a professional consultant will join us to improve our leadership skills.