Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 2018 Spring

Spring University Prague 2018
“Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”

April 8th – April 19th, 2018
Faculty of Social Sciences

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Program objectives

The objective of the academic course “Spring University Prague 2018: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty” is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe.

Instead of relaxing at the “End of History” after the collapse of Eastern Bloc in 1989, Europe is facing new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century. These new challenges – including the economic and financial crisis, ageing population, complicated relations with Russia and Turkey, terrorist attacks connected with the activities of the Islamic State and most currently, the strong immigration flow – are raising concerns and leading to significant political radicalisation and social unrest. On the one hand, this challenging period raises feelings of uncertainty: Are we moving from solid to “liquid times”? What will “Europe” mean in the future? How does all this influence our everyday lives? On the other hand, this “Age of Uncertainty” is an ideal time to revise common approaches and look for new perspectives. We will, together, analyse and discuss the current development of Europe in an inspiring environment made up of students coming from countries all over the world.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills.

Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Academic course
The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills.
Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

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Credits

Students will receive 8 ECTS credits for their active participation in the program (including the final group presentations). They will be expected to prepare for the workshops (by reading the required materials) and to write a seminar paper (15 – 20 pages) after the spring school. The reading materials will be available via our online reader for participants beginning March 8th, 2018. After the end of the spring school, students will have one month (until May 21st, 2018) to hand in their papers. The papers will be graded on the ECTS scale A to F (A is the best grade and F means fail). During the entire period, students may get in touch with our lecturers and tutors who are ready to assist them. After fulfilling all the requirements, students will receive an official transcript with 8 ECTS credits.

In addition to official transcripts (with 8 ECTS credits and a grade), students will get official certificates on the last day of the course for their active participation. This official certificate (which does not have any grade or number of credits stated on it) may be sufficient for some students – if this is the case, you can choose not to write a seminar paper and receive only the official certificate (i.e. a transcript will not be provided).

 

    Price: 860 EUR

    This is a total price and includes:

    • Tuition (all lectures, workshops, discussions, etc. as mentioned in the programme)
    • Cultural and social events (as mentioned in the programme)
    • Reading materials (an on-line version will be at your disposal after enrolling)
    • Housing at the Hall of Residence
    • 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch)
    • advice and help of our team during whole your stay in Prague

     

    How to apply

    • The programme is intended for students who are currently enrolled in a college or university or recently graduated.
    • To be considered for admission, you have to submit the On-line Application Form.
    • The preliminary application deadline is February 22, 2018. Nevertheless, who applies earlier has a better chance.
    • Approximately 25–30 students will be admitted to the Spring University.
    • As has been the case in past years, it is expected that the student body will be truly international.
    • Students admitted to the program are expected to participate fully, which means attending all classes and lectures.
    • A very good level of English is essential for successful participation in the Spring University.

    Application deadline: February 22, 2018

    • For more information on programme, applications and further details, please visit the website of Spring University 2018 :

    Contact

     

    Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Smetanovo nabrezi 6

    110 00 Praha 1

    Czech Republic