With this module, explore your interests in one of our three focus areas on International and European affairs, including issues such as conflict resolution approaches (terrorism, war, migration), the place of religion in the European public sphere, the Eurozone crisis, European identity and values, etc...
Most of courses are conducted by world-renowned International professors and researchers in their respective domains of expertise.
Rethinking the European Union takes an in-depth look at the situation of the European Union in the 2010s, in the wake of the Eurozone crisis. Following an overview of the origins of the current crisis, this module aims to discuss its consequences and broad effects on the European Union critically. It characterises the European Union as a polity-in-the-making, investigating how far integration has advanced in a number of areas. In the light of the current crisis, it discusses the challenges to the traditional pillars of EU integration – identity, legitimacy and solidarity – in turn questioning the sustainability of the present model of regional integration.
Approaches to Managing Conflict in a Globalized World
This course offers an overview of various approaches to managing, resolving, and transforming conflicts across a variety of settings and contexts. The primary goal of this course it to enable students to learn, understand, explore and compare different conflict resolution approaches, models and interventions and to promote their abilities to make informed choices in selecting one or more options from a broad spectrum of dispute resolution methods when dealing with complex and often protracted conflicts at the interpersonal, group, community and/or societal levels. As the world becomes more globalized — forcing us to address together problems such as migration, the environment and security, — we need to be able to draw on a more robust array of conflict approaches.
Students reflect on and practice their own conflict resolution approaches while also thinking more broadly about applying these tools to issues of terrorism, war, migration, and the environment.
The course takes an “epoch-based” approach to conflict practices. This means, we will explore negotiation, mediation, facilitation, dialogue groups, scenario building, and narrative intervention as approaches emergent in response to global and national strife (e.g. Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, and September 11th).
Reassessing the place of religion in the European public sphere
This course is an examination of the social and political dynamics currently shaping the management of religions in the European public sphere. The focus will be particularly on the intertwined relationship between religions and migration as it is represented by the notion of “Muslim immigrants” reaching “secular Europe”.
This dichotomous and simplistic view has been negatively affected by Europe’s multiple crises, which escalate with the resurgence of an “Islamic” terrorist threat and the growth of right-wing extremism and populist movements. Therefore, the course engages in critically investigating the multifaceted meanings of ‘secular’, ‘religious’ and ‘secular public realm’ in today’s Europe.
Presenting the historical legacies and the different types of political secularism currently at play in the European context, it closely analyses specific controversial issues, including wearing ostentatious religious symbols and the debates on the headscarf ban; Islamic preaching and the construction of mosques; the activities of Islamic transnational religious networks; and the flourishing of halal economy (allowed by Islam) which now includes a wide range of sectors, from sexual segregated swimming pools to hotels serving no alcohol.
*The course offering is tentative and subject to change.
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In this module, students can take the 3 classes for a maximum of 6 credits (ECTS), or, choose at least 2 classes if they decide to take this module.
Interactive lectures, Case study, Projects, Research, Seminars.
Students are assessed through participation to lectures, seminars and through dissertations on the courses they attended during the summer school.
The student should know some basic notions of EU Affairs.