International - EU Affairs

International - EU Affairs

With this module, explore your interests in one of our four 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

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.


International Justice: Policy & Practice

Considering internationalization and globalization as an accelerator of changes, evolutions as well as a challenge in many aspects, this module shall search the existing legal and policy alternatives in the wake of substantial violations of human rights.

The class should question the appearance and development of a “system of international justice” over the past two decades and how this system functions. It will consider war crimes trials before international, hybrid international-national, and national courts. It will wrestle with criticisms of international justice and how these can be overcome.

 Students will be expected to read a variety of texts on human rights topics, from news accounts, to human rights reports, to op-eds to first-person accounts to theoretical essays. They will be asked to think about and react to this material, both in class and via written assignments


 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.

French Society and Politics

We propose students to learn about contemporary French society and cultures by examining its products, practices and perspectives through thematic study.
Using authentic sources such as newspapers and magazines, films, music, stories and literary excerpts students will develop language skills and communicative proficiency in real life settings.

This seminar intends to present the main aspects of the French society, compared with other European industrialized countries. Indeed, the main objective is to analyze how the French society functions, taking into account some of the main historical steps which established the basis of the welfare system, of the labor market, the role of women in society, the system of education, etc.

Comparisons with other countries will be encouraged during all the seminar and students will be also encouraged to present the functioning of their own country. At the end of the seminar, students have to be able to understand some of the important issues in France and what is mainly at stake in contemporary debates.

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During the Summer School, students have the opportunity to follow one, two, three or four elective courses (one course per week).

No matter how many elective classes students decide to follow, 40 hours of French language classes are included.

Students will be able to validate from 6 ECTS up to 12 ECTS.

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.