Courses

Summer 2018

A document outlining academic and administrative regulations, policies and procedures for the summer programme will be available soon. The 2018 summer school schedule is available here.

The maximum course load is 2 courses.

Course descriptions

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.
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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.
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BUS 217G, Business in China – Steffi Weil

The course addresses the economic and political aspects of business and investments in China. China’s ‘red capitalism’ is distinctly different from Western democratic economies. Students will explore the strengths and weakness of China’s market economy and the Chinese characteristics shaping it, e.g. the state’s investment projects such as the ‘One Belt – One Road’ initiative and the risks and opportunities for Western companies investing in the Chinese market.
Students are invited to discuss and elaborate in detail China’s specific investment environment. To that end, this course will cover both the theories underpinning business in China and a number of practical tools to analyse and evaluate economic and political aspects of business in China.
Pre-requisites: HUM101G
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BUS233G – Social Marketing – Munira Aminova

Social marketing is the systematic application of marketing, along with other concepts and techniques, to achieve specific behavioural goals for a social good. Social marketing can be applied to promote merit goods, or to make a society avoid demerit goods and thus to promote society’s well-being as a whole. <i>Given annually in the fall semester.
Pre-requisites: BUS101G
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BUS 315G – Women and Leadership: A Global Context – Frank Billingsley

This course examines key leadership concepts, in general, and women in particular. The course is not set up to teach you how to be a leader, but it will operate with the assumption that if you know how successful women and men have navigated power and authority, applied core competencies, and have secured a work-life balance, you will be better able to frame your own academic endeavors and professional development.

The course will explore leadership theory in a global context by examining leadership for a global audience and understanding leadership approaches addressing diverse populations.

There is still much work to be done to rectify the gender imbalance and these are exciting times to make a difference in this regard. In fact, strong leadership in our global environment is one of the most valued skills you can have. This is one of the goals of the course—to make you aware of the value of strong leadership in knowledge-based societies. This course should be of interest to students in business, communication, international relations, international law, and other fields of studies.
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CMM 132G – Writing across Media – Rosamaria Mancini

This course introduces students to the various kinds of writing they will encounter in the field of mass media and communication. The activities include different writing projects, such as blogging, news and feature stories, press releases, short scripts, public service announcements, reviews, and corporate pitches. In addition, there will be discussions on emerging media themes, including the ethical and legal implications of publishing online and aggregating content in a 24/7 environment, the impact of social media, and the importance of web analytics. The students will build an online portfolio of their work using a content management system.
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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.
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CMM 254G – Branding Politics: Political Marketing in the 21st Century – Jonas Lefevere

Political marketing consultants and spin doctors often operate in the shadows of political campaigns, but this course puts them front and center. The course has three goals. First, it introduces students to key concepts and theories underlying contemporary political marketing. In doing so, it links to more general approaches from political communication. Second, it seeks to develop students’ communicative skills in a campaign context by having students develop their own political marketing plan for a party or candidate of their choosing. Third, it addresses the normative and ethical implications of political marketing on politics, and democracy more broadly.
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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. Students study ground-breaking 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 productions around the world.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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POL 261G, History and Politics of the Modern Middle East – Iris Abraham

This interdisciplinary course examines key historical and political milestones that have shaped, defined and redefined the Modern Middle East since the beginning of the 20th century. In light of the complex history of the Middle East, current events cannot be dissected from the region’s historical and political developments. The course will also look at recent events in the region, in particular the Arab uprising, the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the protracted Syrian crisis. Elements of political Islam and the Shia-Sunni divide will furthermore be touched upon. This introductory course will provide students with basic building blocks that will enable them to better understand and analyse today’s events and conflicts in the wider context of the region’s historical, political and cultural developments over the past 100 years. Upon completion of the course, the student ideally 1. shows a basic understanding of how historic events since WWI have shaped the social, political, economic, and cultural fabric of the modern Middle East; 2. demonstrates a solid understanding of the literature about very complex historical dynamics and 3. is able to analyse and place current events against the historical background of the Modern Middle East.

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
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