* Vesalius College is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. Please note that due to the current situation the Summer Programme course offering might still be adapted and could potentially be taking place online.

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 2020 summer school course 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.

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.

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 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

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.  

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. 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’.

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

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.

POL 214G, Western Democracy in Crisis: Post-truth Politics and the Rise of Populism

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?
Pre-requisite: POL101G or HIS101G

POL 233G – 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.
Pre-requisite: POL1



All our courses are taught in English.