Summer 2020

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

The 2020 summer school course offering list 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.

BUS2114G, Performance Management

This course introduces Performance Management and the paradox for leadership in a company, when a manager want to create a mobile and flexible organization while ensuring the implementation and anchoring of the company’s strategy in the organization, one must take into account the complexity, problems and ambiguities that may arise in such an iterative process, when measurements have to involve and provide meaningfulness among employees in and across the organization.

The course focuses on key knowledge areas of performance management theory and practice, including strategy planning, incentive systems, self-efficacy, key performance indicators and how to use the strategy map and balance score card. This subject is of vital importance seeking to uncover the principles of how a company ensure empowerment and involvement of its employees, as this is emphasized as something that plays an increasingly important role for employee motivation together with greater strategic and organizational awareness.

As performance management is a cross-disciplinary field of study, the course will evaluate business, organizational, social and legal issues facing communities, business and organizations.

  • Performance management system design
  • Incentives and uncertainties
  • Financial and non-financial Performance measures
  • Strategy map and The Balanced Score Card
  • CSR and performance measures
  • Corporate Governance

BUS202G, Museum Management

This course introduces students to the structure, funding, development, operational practices at play in European and American museums, and how these museums were / are run in the past and present-day. Together we will analyze, assess and discuss the evolving management of Museums, internally (collecting, accountancy, funding, finances, HR, operations, etc.), and their impact externally (fundraising practices, stakeholders buy-in, global cultural sectors, etc.). We will examine how Museums have come to operate in arenas in which excellence, knowledge, the public(s) needs, and economic obligations intersect. Museums, as part of the non-profit sector, are important economic actors where business acumen, contestation and cultural identity meets on a daily basis, thus drawing in thousands to millions of visitors a year.

Though accountancy, economy and finances are immensely integral factors to be considered when running a museum (and will be discusses as such), the class is not a math based-course. Rather, it is hoped that, after the class, the students will have a better understanding of the various departments, stakeholders and principles at play in the museum sector internationally.

BUS 102G, The Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation – Michelangelo Van Meerten

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.

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

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. Groundbreaking 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.

CMM232G, Video Production: Theory and Practice

The course aims to give students an introduction to the production of videos (planning, filming and editing) from a theoretical and practical perspective. The course provides students with the skills needed for professional careers, such as ability to produce/edit video material (e.g. for social media). The course also discusses relevant theories, including analysing the elements of a good video and looking at the communications’ aspects of video production. Finally, the course covers interviewing skills (from the research phase to the execution of the interview and the selection of what material is used) for the production of a short video, camera presentation skills, script writing skills, writing a video concept and filming for a video and producing that final video.  

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
Catalogue Syllabus

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.

LAW207G, Law of Diplomacy

Diplomatic law is one of the most codified and least contentious branches of international law. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the laws of diplomacy on the basis of the Vienna Convention and its jurisprudence, in particular case-law of the International Court of Justice. This course also focuses on the legal interpretation of the disputed notion of diplomatic ‘asylum’, diplomatic functions, consular functions, privileges and immunities. Students will develop the ability to resolve concrete practical issues as well as to explore the international legal context essential to the theory and practice of diplomacy. Prerequisite: none.

POL 225G, Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and (De-)Radicalisation – Zafer Kizilkaya

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.

POL234G, Economics and Politics of the EU – 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.
Pre-requisite: ECN101G or POL101G

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


All our courses are taught in English.