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Summer school - 360° of EU Affairs: Key controversies in the European Union

Explore key controversies in the European Union and discover Brussels

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Field of studies
  • Law
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
17-26 August 2022
Apply by
10 June 2022 Apply now

This summer school co-organised by the Université libre de Bruxelles, the University of Bucharest and the Universidad Autonoma Madrid examines current challenges of EU integration; through academic lectures, roundtables and panels with high-level officials and experts in EU affairs, it provides an introduction to EU politics with a focus on key controversies, EU institutions, interests representation, lobbying and decision-making. An innovative pedagogical approach is proposed which combines in-depth knowledge in EU studies, learning of new professional skills, visits, networking, and mentoring sessions as well as cultural and political tours of Brussels. It is an initiation to understand the EU and an opportunity to discover Brussels, as capital of Belgium and headquarter of EU institutions and many international organisations. 

Main topics addressed

  • Key controversies in the EU
  • Key policy controversies in international affairs
  • EU in the world
  • Crisis controversies: ambitions and reality of institutional cooperation between EU and NATO
  • Gender equality, non-discrimination and intersectionnality in the EU
  • Free movement in the EU
  • Fundamental rights in the EU
  • The European Green Deal
  • Actors, policies and networks in EU multilevel democracy: the case of the urban agenda
  • Multilevel democracy in a complex policy : parliaments in the COFE

Learning outcomes

The programme provides an introduction to EU politics with a focus on key controversies, EU institutions, interests representation, lobbying and decision-making.

Dates: 17-26 August 2022 CIVIS scholarships: 15
Format: Physical Language: English (B1)
Location: Brussels, Belgium Weekly study: 5 hours/day
Contact: summerschool@ulb.be  

Schedule

Sessions are organised from 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 over 10 days. They involve lectures, group work and visits.

Requirements

The summer school is designed for Bachelor's (final year) and Master's students at one of CIVIS member universities, with a background in political science, law, history, international relations, etc.

Participants should have a sufficient command of English to interact and deliver a group presentation.

Application process

Interested students should fill in the online application form by 10 June 2022.

Selected applicants will be notified by 24 June.

Assessment

Students will be assessed based on their group presentations. 

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

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This CIVIS summer school is coordinated by:

  • Ramona Coman, Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Luis Bouza García, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Elena García Guitián, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Ruxandra Ivan, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest