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Summer University Prague 2019: European Identity between Unity and Diversity (5755)
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Summer University Prague 2019: European Identity between Unity and Diversity
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Zaměření programu: Program CŽV - zájmový
Uskutečňovatel: Fakulta sociálních věd
Institut mezinárodních studií [23-IMS]
The objective of the Summer University Prague 2019, “European Identity between Unity and Diversity”, 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 the Eastern Bloc in 1989, Europe is facing new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century – including the economic and financial crisis, ageing population, immigration flows, complicated relations with Russia, Turkey and the U.S., disintegration and separatist tendencies within the EU. These new challenges are raising concerns and leading to significant political radicalization and social unrest. This challenging period raises feelings of uncertainty: How should Europe tackle these challenges? Should Europe seek unity or should individual states follow diverse national interests? Should Europe intensify the project of the European integration? Or is it more likely to break down into local identities? And what does the European identity actually stand for today? What will “Europe” mean in the future? How many people from outside can Europe welcome and still be Europe? What are the prospects for future cooperation and negotiations between Europe and its neighbours, and between Europe and other global actors like the USA and China? Are the current populist and separatist sentiments more threatening than those which arose in past decades? Whence come Europe's problems: are they self-inflicted, external, or bubbling up from the member states?

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, discussions, field work and student presentations. However, emphasis will be given on group work. 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.
Summer University Prague 2019: European Identity between Unity and Diversity
Date: September 7th – September 21st 2019


1/ Problems and Challenges of Europe
• Lecture: Facing New Challenges instead of Relaxing at the End of History
• Workshop: From Liquid Times to Which Times?
2/ European Identity
• Lecture/Workshop: Does a Common European Identity Exist?
• Field work: Uncovering Cultural Heterogenity in Prague

3/ European Dis/Integration
• Lecture/Workshop: European Dis/Integration
• Workshop: Searching for the Limits of European Integration after Brexit
4/ Dealing with the Challenges in Practice
• Excursion & Discussion: Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or to the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
• Excursion & Discussion: People in Need

5/ Populism
• Lecture/Workshop: Populism – A Threat to European Democracy?
• Workshop: Populist Parties across Europe

6/ Migration, Integration and Security
• Lecture/Workshop: Frontiers in Europe
• Workshop: Approach of European Countries to Migration

7/ Democracy, Free Media and Human Rights
• Lecture/Workshop: Liberal Democracy in Europe and Beyond
• Workshop: Central Europe: Liberalism in Decline?

8/ Europe and Global Actors
• Lecture/Workshop: Foreign Policy of European Countries
• Workshop: European Relations to Global Actors

9/ European Identity between Unity and Diversity
• Group work ( tutorials during the course)
• Final Group Presentations

Requirements for successful participation in the course:
1/ Preparation for lessons (reading materials)
2/ Attendance, activity in discussions
3/ Final group presentations

The programme is intended for students who are currently enrolled in a college or university or recently graduated. A very good level of English is essential for successful participation in the course.

Required documents:
1/ CV (in English language)
2/ Motivation letter
3/ Proof of studentʼs enrollment in a college or university or of his/her recent graduation
4/ Proof of studentʼs knowledge of English (if he/she is not a native speaker). We require at least the B2 level of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students should note that the summer school classes are not part of the standard curriculum and we therefore have to charge them to cover our costs. Everybody who wishes to attend these classes must pay a fee of EUR 990.

Podmínky absolvování a kvalifikace
Certifikace: Osvědčení o absolvování programu
4 (v případě napsání seminární práce 8 ECTS)
získání dalších odborných znalostí v oboru
Garant a místo
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D.
Katedra německých a rakouských studií
Institut mezinárodních studií
Termín a délka
letní semestr, Září
55 (v hodinách celkem)
Podrobnosti v rozvrhu
Poplatky a financování
990 EUR / program
on-line: www.summer-university.fsv.cuni.cz/how-to-apply
Mgr. Anežka Brožová, BA
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