Courses

* Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, changes to this course offering list could be made. We hope to be able to offer these courses in an offline setting, but depending on the situation by Summer 2021.

Summer 2021

A document outlining academic and administrative regulations, policies and procedures for the summer programme will be available soon.

The 2021 summer school course offering is available here.

The maximum course load is 2 courses.

Course descriptions

ART101G         Art in Belgium

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.

BUS102G       The Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation

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 globalisation 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.

BUS315G         Women and Leadership: A Global Context

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 endeavours 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. Prerequisite: HUM101G

CMM262G        European Cinema: Present, Past and Future Trends

This course reveals Europe at its edgiest. It is impossible to understand European culture without experiencing its cinema. Ground-breaking and thought-provoking films from Europe pioneered genre-filmmaking (drama, fantasy, comedy, 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.

The course will use hands-on examples from films, productions, screenplays, video and digital aesthetics, museums, screenings, and on-site visits to illustrate what it means to ‘make a movie’ in Europe. Each session showcases key filmmakers (like Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke, Danny Boyle, Ken Loach, the Dardenne brothers, or young female filmmakers like Fien Troch and Céline Sciamma) and interrogate their inspirations by linking them to social and cultural contexts of their times, to offer a broad overview of European film art, with the intent to unlock the core of the ‘European Imagination’.

ECN204G         Economics of Human Capital (new course)

This course applies economic analysis to crucial aspects of the employment relationship within firms and corporations. It will introduce students to the basic understanding of factors affecting the efficient use and allocation of human resources. These factors determining the quality and quantity of human resources that affect the demand for labor and the supply of labor. Specific topics include wage differentials, education, the household as an economic unit, unemployment, inequality, discrimination, and migration and mobility. The goal of the course is to provide you with a theoretical and empirical background in labor economics that will enable you to:

  • Describe the major factors affecting labor supply and labor demand
  • Explain how wages and employment are determined
  • Apply labor economics theory to solve economic problems
  • Critically analyze and interpret data, articles, or news stories relating to labor economics

Prerequisite: ECN101G

INT381G          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 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.

LAW204G       Human Rights and International Criminal Law:  The Case of the International Criminal

This interdisciplinary course is aimed at students interested in the study of international criminal law, international relations, and history. It combines a discussion of several case studies and special issues with a theoretical discussion on 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—to 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 debate surrounding the ICC investigation in Afghanistan.

Prerequisite: LAW101G and one POL/HIS course recommended

LAW209G        Transnational Sports Law and Governance (new course)

This course will provide a general introduction to the peculiar world of transnational sports law and governance. We will focus on explaining the governance structure of the Olympic Movement, investigating key regulatory fields such as the World Anti-Doping system and the FIFA transfer regulations, understanding the legal requirements of the organisation of Mega-Sporting events (such as the FIFA World Cup or the Olympic Games), studying the function and operation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and scrutinising the intersection between EU law and sport. The course will also include interventions by practitioners and (if possible) field trips to relevant organisations. Participants will gain the knowledge necessary to navigate the network of (mostly private) institutions and rules which regulate global sport.

Prerequisite: LAW101G

POL233G         The EU’s Approach to Democratisation and Human Rights

This course examines the historical evolution, policies and overall track-record of major European countries and the European Union itself in the field of democratisation and the promotion of human rights. The first part of the course provides a comprehensive overview of the main conceptualisations, debates and core issues related to human rights and democracy promotion. The second part of the course consists of a critical analysis of both the internal and external human rights policies and democratisation efforts of the European Union and major European states.

Prerequisite: POL101G

POL261G         History and Politics of the Modern Middle East

This is an introductory course to Modern Middle Eastern Studies. The course introduces students to some of the major historical, political and cultural events that have affected the Middle Eastern region since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. It is an interdisciplinary course that examines key historical and political milestones that have shaped, defined and redefined the Modern Middle East since the beginning of the 20th Century: modernity, colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, identity and religion, state formation, democratisation, wars and geography as well as the impact of external influences on the region. The course also touches upon recent events in the region, in particular the Arab uprising and the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Given the complex history of the region, current events cannot be dissected from the Middle East’s history alone. 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 greater context of the region’s historical, political and cultural developments over the past 100 years. The course includes film viewings as well as guest-lectures by experienced practitioners and policy-makers.

Prerequisite: POL101G or HIS101G

 

All our courses are taught in English.