A document outlining academic and administrative regulations, policies and procedures for the summer programme is available here.
ART101G – Art in Belgium – Leon Lock
Based around three case studies of art in Belgium (or the equivalent cultural area before Belgium’s independence in 1830), the course intends to function as an eye-opener towards art and culture in Belgium from the 15th to the 20th century, by using a number of analytical tools in art appreciation, art historiography, the collecting and display of art, including some business and legal aspects. The course should provide an historical and intellectual framework for the other courses given at Vesalius College and life in Brussels during the Summer Course, so that students can contextualise the rich and diversified aspects of Belgian culture, as well as its quirky ones.
BUS 102G, The Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation – Sven Van Kerckhoven
Belgium is not only home to the world’s biggest brewers, but has in recent years also seen a rise of innovative micro-breweries and diversification of the beer market with potentially far-reaching implications for the business and economics of the brewery industry inside and outside the country. In November 2016, UNESCO even added ‘Belgian Beer Culture’ to the World Heritage List, highlighting the cultural importance and impact of the Belgian beer industry beyond pure business and economics. This course focuses on key principles and changes in the economics, marketing, production and innovation of the Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context. Taking the Belgian beer industry as a multi-faceted case study for studying core Business processes and developments in the field of the national and international beer market (including production, strategy, marketing and product innovation), this course also explores the impact of geography, culture and globalization on Belgian beer businesses and their business strategies. The course includes company visits, guest lecture series and experiential learning and provides unique insights into the major shifts and changes of major the economics and business processes related to the brewery industry. In cooperation with key experts, this summer course will also include the possibility of learning the nuts and bolts of the beer brewing process itself.
CMM 214G, Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach – Gianluca Sgueo
The course on Gamification aims at introducing students to the uses of game design elements (such as online games or apps) in non-game contexts. Gamification is a broad concept, which has been increasingly applied to different sectors and areas, ranging from political communications, the non-profit sector (“gamification for advocacy”), the business sector, and even the public sector. The rise of gamification as an important tool and strategy raises fundamental questions about the opportunities, challenges and the risks of the increased use of websites, online games and apps for major sectors of society.
This interdisciplinary course aims to: (1) introducing and comparing scholarly analyses of gamification across a variety of fields (politics, public governance, advocacy, marketing); (2) illustrating relevant case-studies and best practices of gamified strategies from business organizations/non-profits/media outlets/political parties/governments; (3) pinpointing common patterns in the development of gamification strategies from various actors; (4) highlighting the benefits for participation and democracy arising from the increased use of gamification strategies; (5) Discussing the issues of gamification and the problems arising from its increased use.
Typical class will involve case analysis, group problem solving, analysis of relevant materials (movies, podcasts, pictures) and debate.
CMM233G – Introduction to Photojournalism – Rosamaria Mancini
This class is an introduction to photojournalism, with a focus on developing core skills and learning photography theory in order to produce effective photographic news stories. The course consists of both classroom sessions and classes held off campus, on location in Brussels. Students will learn practical skills, such as how cameras and lenses work, image composition and the rule of thirds, lighting conditions and techniques, and theory including the decisive moment and the human perception of truth in photography. The photographic assignments will fall into several categories including food, nature, architecture and tourism.
CMM 262G, European Film, Culture and Contemporary Visions – Ernest Mathijs & Wouter Hessels
This course reveals Europe at its edgiest. It is impossible to understand European culture without experiencing its cinema. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking films from Europe pioneered genre-filmmaking (fantasy, comedy, the epic, horror, thriller, cult, documentary and animation), and defined aesthetic concepts such as ‘realism’, and ‘surrealism’ that have become key inspirations for cultural production around the world.
This course contains thirteen in-class sessions. Each session departs from a recent development (a genre, a style, a politics, …), and uses a contemporary or (post)modernist film to trace its origins and tentacles into the past, thereby uncovering the intrinsic inter-connections between all of Europe’s filmmaking traditions.
Each session will also showcase a key filmmaker (such as Godard, Hitchcock, Polanski, Haneke, or the Dardennes) and interrogate their artistic obsessions by linking them to the social and cultural contexts of their times, in order to offer a broad overview of European film art, with the intent to unlock the core of the ‘European Imagination’.
Finally, the course emphasizes the ‘experience’ of European film art through a selection of screenings in Brussels (including the Royal Cinematek) and guest chats with key industry agents (directors, producers, distributors). In doing so, this course offers students first-hand access to the European film industry.
INT 381G, Internship
Working in a sponsoring firm or organisation, students undertake a 150-hour, semester- long project on a theme or topic related to their major. Requires students to work on- site at least 24 hours per week, keep a daily activity log and write a project report
Prerequisites: Students in second semester of second year or first semester of third year, good academic standing and approval by the Internship Committee
LAW 204G, Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court – Medlir Mema
This interdisciplinary course is aimed at students interested in the study of human rights and international criminal law, international relations, and history. It combines a discussion of several case studies and special issues with a theoretical discussion on human rights, international criminal law, and the role of state and non-state actors in global affairs.
We will use the case of the International Criminal Court (ICC)—often cited as a landmark achievement in the fight against impunity—as a means of understanding the debates and issues that meet at the intersection of human rights and international criminal law. As we do so, we will embark on a historical and institutional journey that will take us from the early days of the development of the first norms and principles of international criminal law to the present.
In the second part of the course, we will examine up close some of the major debates and issues surrounding the creation of the ICC, but which have continued to be discussed in other international forums as well. In particular, we will unpack the fraught relationship of the United Nations Security Council and the ICC, the important progress that has been made in the area of gender rights, as well as the controversies surrounding the issues of universal jurisdiction and crime of aggression.
In the final part of the course, we will try to answer the many questions about the relevance of the ICC in the 21st century, especially as it pertains to the development of the norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the Court’s contentious relationship with the various African countries, and the political considerations surrounding the investigations of the Court in the Occupied Territories and Syria.
POL 214G, Western Democracy in Crisis: Post-truth Politics and the Rise of Populism – Antonios Nestoras
This course will examine one of the defining political puzzles of our time: from the EU referendum in the United Kingdom to the presidential election in the United States and the rise of populist forces everywhere in Europe, there is a growing realization that truth may no longer be relevant to politics. ‘Post-truth’ politics – the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year – threatens to turn Western liberal democracy upside-down. The public scorns at politicians, technocrats and experts; conspiracies and viral hoaxes run rampart in social media; objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. We will use an interdisciplinary approach – with lectures, group activities and assignments – to examine the philosophical underpinnings, the evolution and the effects of populism. In the course of seven weeks we will consider a range of questions such as: is populism a crisis of democracy or a legitimate revolt of the masses against their shrinking political importance? To what extent can populism be considered as a descendant of eighteenth century Romanticism? What are the ‘post-truth’ challenges to the European Union, the transatlantic security and the liberal world order?
POL 223G, Ethnic Conflict, Reconciliation and Reconstruction – Medlir Mema
This interdisciplinary course is aimed at students interested in the study of peace and conflict resolution, international relations, political science, sociology, and history. It combines a historical overview of the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars of 1990 with a theoretical discussion on peace and conflict resolution. The course consists of a series of lectures and presentations where we will look at the main events and causes that led to the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s as well as the impact the conflict has had on the security, economic, demographic, and religious situation in the region. No background in Yugoslav history or politics is assumed. The role of nationalist ideology and organization in the breakdown and building of state structures is a key element of this course, as is conflict, often violent, surrounding the implementation of state building projects. A final element of major significance is the impact of international intervention or world geopolitics, particularly the interests of Great Powers and their attempts to shape state building projects of local actors. The course will assist the students to identify and analyze the causes of the conflict, and more importantly, to learn how to anticipate such conflicts in the future.
POL 225G, Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and (De-)Radicalisation – Serge Stroobants
This course seeks to enhance students’ understanding of ideological, strategic, and operational characteristics of terrorism, radicalization and global jihad in the 21st Century. Students will define terms associated with the movement, and explore the development, motives, and tactics of radicalization and terrorism; with a specific focus on terrorist groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia. We will evaluate the methods used by national and international actors to control its occurrence and effects, and the extent to which these methods succeed. Policy debates, statements, and theoretical literature from all actors, including jihadists themselves, will be introduced to create a comprehensive understanding of all perspectives involved in the movement.
This course places heavy emphasis on the professional writing, briefing, conduct, and other skills needed for careers in the terrorism and the security field.
POL 234G, Economics and Politics of the European Union – Mark Corner
In the alphabet soup of regional groupings the European Union is unique because it has a system of sovereignty-sharing between nation-states. The course will examine precisely what that means and how it expresses itself in terms of institutional arrangements. The EU is also unique in having built up a single market in which business activity in another member state is intended to be (and in some cases has become) as straightforward as activity in another region of the same state. The course will examine both of these aspects.
Prerequisites: POL 101P or ECN 101P
POL 334G, The European Union in the World, Amie Kreppel
This course explores the changing role of the European Union (EU) on the global stage. This course will examine the evolution of the EU’s global influence through an analysis of several key areas of influence, including enlargement, trade and economic policy and the development of defence policy.
Pre-requisite: at least one course in political science, HUM 101G