Welcome to CEU’s Summer University, a very special postgraduate study-abroad opportunity in Budapest, one of the great capital cities in the heart of Europe.

See below the 2015 list of summer courses. For the upcoming application deadlines and late application policy of the various courses, please click here.

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Format: 2015-04-01
Format: 2015-04-01

Research-Intensive courses

29 June - 4 July, 2015
This course will explore new approaches in the history of science and urban history by inviting renowned scholars from both fields as well as graduate students to take part in an ongoing conversation about scientific knowledge and urban space.
The study of the circulation and communication of knowledge in the public sphere has received increasing attention in recent years, bringing new approaches and developments to the study of history.
20 July - 31 July, 2015

History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century with an unparalleled boom starting in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this boom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors.

29 June - 4 July, 2015
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas? Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
29 June - 3 July, 2015
It is a new approach to moral philosophy that brings phenomenology to center stage. Until very recently, two great intellectual traditions – phenomenology and analytic philosophy – regarded each other with mistrust and hostility. Recently, philosophers across the divide have started to acknowledge the importance of the other tradition’s methods, recognized the extent to which they complement each other, and realized the benefits of working together. This course is a significant step in this process.
29 June - 10 July, 2015
The course provides an opportunity to reflect on the recent political upheavals in Russia and in Ukraine. The aim of this course is, however, to explore national identity and nationalism in Europe and Russia disentangled from the news and to reveal hidden historically embedded patterns. The course will be built on texts and data of recent research materials with interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical approaches. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of the synergy resulting from these various approaches.
13 July - 24 July, 2015
This will be a philosophy course on the topic of ontology and metaontology. Ontology is a branch of philosophy (in particular, of metaphysics) concerned with questions of existence.  Important ontological questions include the following: Are there any such things as abstract objects (i.e., non-physical, non-mental, non-spatiotemporal objects)? Are there are any such things as past and future objects, or are all objects presently existing objects?
29 June - 10 July, 2015

The Summer School will focus on the nexus between Romani studies and performance, with special attention paid to questions of visual culture and representation. The disquiet around increasing violence against and marginalization of Roma across Europe lends this course a special urgency. The course will focus particularly on the enduring hierarchies, exclusions and stereotypes that Romani communities and individual citizens face in everyday life and in multiple sites and structures of the nation-state.

13 July - 24 July, 2015
Political psychology is the study of political behaviour of individuals and groups in the context of what we know about human psychological characteristics. It is a discipline at the intersection of political science and psychology and includes research on various topics, such as the formation and change of political attitudes and ideologies and how these relate to political behaviour (e.g.
20 July - 29 July, 2015
The course will offer a global and comparative exploration of religious violence in the modern world. Religious violence is a much discussed topic in the social sciences, humanities and contemporary public sphere, but many analyses suffer from a lack of in-depth knowledge about historical, political and theological contexts in which violence (as well as peacemaking) occur. This course combines theoretical debates with a series of concrete case studies from different regions in order to probe the complex nature of the subject from a variety of perspectives.
6 July - 11 July, 2015

The city has long fascinated documentary filmmakers and social theorists alike. From city symphonies to dystopic visions, the cinematic representation of the urban stands for modernity and its discontents. Pushing the boundaries of filmmaking towards new media and collaborative ventures, this course aims to reclaim the creative impulse filmmakers found in the city and put it to work in participants' projects.

Policy and Training courses

28 June - 4 July, 2015
This intensive summer course is designed to help researchers, activists, policy makers and advocates gain new insights into the complex relationship between technology, free expression, and policy that lie at the heart of debates between global security and human rights. Throughout the course, participants will dig deeper into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet, with special attention on the role of social media companies and internet intermediaries.
22 June - 3 July, 2015
Increasingly, around the world, individuals are exploring means of resolving their differences prior to or instead of pursuing traditional court proceedings.  In many jurisdictions, the court may require litigants to attempt to resolve their dispute through an alternative process prior to obtaining access to the court system.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the umbrella term for a wide-range of processes which includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice.
13 July - 17 July, 2015
This course aims at bridging the gap between decision- and policy-makers and ICTs in the realm of disaster management and risk recovery. Building upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management, innovations and the latest ICT advances in these topics will be covered with the aim of building the capacity to manager disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The target audience for the course includes UNDP Country Offices in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia; National Focal Points of International Conventions; relevant government officials (e.g.
6 July - 10 July, 2015
This course aims to bridge the gap between decision- and policy-makers and ICT technologies (e.g. GIS, remote sensing), making data and emerging technologies more accessible, usable, and relevant for decision-making. It
is focused on the application of ICTs in water management and security and is a preparatory activity for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015.
29 June - 10 July, 2015
Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.
This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development.
13 July - 17 July, 2015

Traditionally, there have been four sources of funding for education. Governments have used taxation to pay for public education, the private sector has mostly relied on tuition fees that are charged to the student and his/her parent/guardian, religious organizations have contributed financial, human and infrastructure resources, and in many developing countries aid flows have funded a significant proportion of educational expenditures.

20 July - 31 July, 2015
The course covers several facets and methods of public policy, with an introduction to quantitative evaluation of policy interventions. First, the interest of the students is meant to be raised with a few examples, then we place public policy in a wider web of endeavours and disciplines, and links to related fields (e.g. law, economics, sociology, political science) are shown. Then the four key elements of the policy context are discussed: institutions, actors, ideas and instruments of policy. Next, the concept of policy cycle along with limitations and alternatives is introduced.
13 July - 17 July, 2015

Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.

27 June - 4 July, 2015

The purpose of this School is to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability.