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Summer University 2015 - Reconfiguring Europe: An Old Continent in a New Millennium

Venue: Prague, Czech Republic
Period: September 5-22, 2015
Application deadline: June 22, 2015


Prague
Prague

Description

We would like to inform you about our academic programme "Summer University Prague 2015", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during September 2015 (September 5 – 20). Its topic is „Reconfiguring Europe: an Old Continent in a New Millennium”.
This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized, successful participants will be given 12 ECTS credits.

Objective:

  • to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant recent and current political, economic and social issues in Europe
  • to analyze the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe

Method: The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, group-work and student presentations.

Extras: numerous cultural, social, and sport activities which enhance the academic programme

Application Procedure

Those who are interested in applying should apply online here before June 22, 2015.

Programme

Day 1 – Saturday, September 5, 2015

Arrivals and Registration
Welcome dinner

Day 2 – Sunday, September 6, 2015

09:00 – 12:00 Guided tour of Prague
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Ice-breaker activities
Evening: Free

Day 3 – Monday, September 7, 2015

Topic: Opening remarks. Europe and the Legacy of the Cold War

09:00 – 10:00 Official welcome, Introduction to the Programme
10:00 – 12:00 Lecture: What Did the Cold War Mean for Europe?
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: Providing Security in Europe – The Primacy of NATO?
Later afternoon: Prague river cruise

Day 4 – Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Topic: Memory of Postcommunism

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture: The Memory of Postcommunism
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: The End of Anti-Communism in the Czech Republic?
16:30 – 17:15 Guided tour of the Carolinum
Evening: Free

Day 5 – Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Topic: Democracy and Authoritarianism

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture: Democracy – Still a Meaningful Word?
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: A Democratic Eastern Europe? : The Case of the Ukraine
16:00 – 17:00 Tutorial: Preparation for group presentations
Evening: Walk through the Prague Castle district (guided tour)

Day 6 – Thursday, September 10, 2015


Topic: European Integration

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture/Workshop: European Dis/Integration?
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Excursion & Discussion: Czech Politics in Practice
(Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)
Evening: Free

Day 7 – Friday, September 11, 2015


Topic: Neoregionalism

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture/Workshop: Neo-Regionalism as a Threat? : The Western Balkans
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: Scottish Devolution
Evening: Prague’s Nightlife and Clubbing

Day 8 – Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fun and Relax

All-day trip (Konopiště chateau or Karlštejn castle)

Day 9 – Sunday, September 13, 2015

Free
Day 10 – Monday, September 14, 2015

Topic: Poverty and Affluence

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture/Workshop: The Socio-Economic Challenges of Europe
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: Economic Sanctions as an Instrument of Foreign Policy
16:00 – 18:00 Tutorial: Preparation for group presentations
Evening: Free

Day 11 – Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Topic: Migration and Multiculturalism

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture: Migration – The New Social Challenge for Europe?
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: Migration as a Security Issue
Evening: Bowling

Day 12 – Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Topic: Populism and Democracy

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture: Populism – A Threat to European Democracy?
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: An Illustrative Example of Populism : Austria
Evening: Film projection

Day 13 – Thursday, September 17, 2015

Topic: Europe and America

09:00 – 12:00 Lecture: “Europe” and “America” : Relations, Perceptions, Influences
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Excursion in Transatlantic Relations
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Evening: Free

Day 14 – Friday, September 18, 2015

Topic: Europe as a Global Actor

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Turkey, West, and the Syrian Civil War
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop: Globalization, Europe & New Colonialism?
16:00 – 17:00 Tutorial: Preparation for group presentations
Evening: Individual preparation for group presentations

Day 15 – Saturday, September 19, 2015

09:00 – 12:30 Final group presentations
12:30 – 13:00 Closing ceremony, Conferring of the commemorative certificates of participation
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
Afternoon: Free
Evening: Farewell dinner

Day 16 – Sunday, September 20, 2015

Free program
Departure

Organizer

  • Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences

Information & contacts

Petra Bastova
Summer University 2015, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences
Smetanovo nabrezi 6, CZ-110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
tel.: (+420) 251 080 250
tel.: (+420) 251 620 294
e-mail:
  summer.university@fsv.cuni.cz

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