Courses

Summer 2019

A document outlining academic and administrative regulations, policies and procedures for the summer programme will be available soon. The 2019 summer school schedule will be available later.

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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BUS2113G – Principles of Organizational Management – Munira Aminova

This course is designed to help students to develop an understanding and awareness of the essentials of managing organizations. The four pillars of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling will be explored to uncover how organizations can leverage their scarce resources to accomplish organizational goals. The objective of this course is to provide an overview for leading individuals, teams and organizations. Thus the insights into the concept of learning, perception, teams and groups, organizational structure and culture will explored. The additional emphasis will also be made to the theory and practice of managing change and conflict in the organizations. The course will adopt an overview approach to covering the various concepts required for understanding the role of a manager in the contemporary organization.

BUS243G – Management Control Systems – Kim Adamsen

The purpose of this course is to give the participants skills to identify, analyze and construct proposals for solving a company’s internal control problems. Thus, they are able to explain, apply and evaluate tools within management control systems, respectively Performance management in different areas of the company. In order to be able to manage individuals and entities by using financial as well as, non-financial performance indicators, design incentive systems and performance objectives in relation to this, and the interaction with other control tools and factors such as values, employee motivation, empowerment, procedures and policies.
Prerequisite: BUS142G

BUS 316G – Business models and Leadership in times of Transition – de Kemmeter

The world, our society and economy are changing fast. Technological advances and heigthened collective consciousness can provide a unique opportunity to address current challenges. Business, diplomacy and politics all play a significant role in ensuring that today’s possibilities are translated in feasible and progressive answers to world-spanning issues. The challenge is on the levels of individual people’s alignment, on the level of the company strategy, and on the level of territorial development. Which are the transition scenarios in order to come up with sustainable solutions knowing that we are currently at a crossroads? There are some need-to-know cornerstones for a sustainable transition. The students will integrate them and apply them to a live project. This course will drive you to develop your opinion and critical decision-making skills, based on scientific knowledge.
Prerequisites: BUS101G, BUS162G, HUM101G

BUS 363G – Global Sustainability and Society – Frank Billingsley

This course introduces the academic approach of Global Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation, resource limitations, and corporate social responsibility. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics, policy, and ethics. This subject is of vital importance, seeking to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of a reliant sustainable future. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, the course will evaluate business, political, and legal issues facing communities, business, and organizations.
Prerequisites: BUS101G, HUM101G

CMM 214G, Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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 gam- ification 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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CMM233G – Introduction to Photojournalism

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.
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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 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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