Welcome to CEU’s Summer University, a very special postgraduate study-abroad opportunity in Budapest, one of the great capital cities in the heart of Europe.

See below the 2016 list of summer courses, to which a few more courses will be added in the coming weeks. The online application form will be activated in early December. 

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Format: 2015-11-25
Format: 2015-11-25

Research-Intensive courses

18 July - 27 July, 2016
This course explores new approaches in the history of science and urban history by inviting renowned scholars from both fields as well as graduate students to take part in an ongoing conversation about scientific knowledge and urban space. The study of the circulation and communication of knowledge in the public sphere has received increasing attention in recent years, bringing new approaches and developments to the study of history.
11 July - 22 July, 2016
History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century with an unparalleled boom starting in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this boom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa.
11 July - 20 July, 2016
The course provides an opportunity to reflect on the recent political upheavals in Russia and in Ukraine. The aim of this course is, however, to explore national identity and nationalism in Europe and Russia disentangled from the news and to reveal hidden historically embedded patterns. The course will be built on texts and data of recent research materials with interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical approaches. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of the synergy resulting from these various approaches.
4 July - 8 July, 2016
Low dimensional topology is an emerging field, whose significance is underlined by its intimate connection to physics, by the related Abel Prizes Atiyah (2004), Gromov (2009), Milnor (2011), and Fields medals (second only to the Abel Prize in mathematics), like the ones for Donaldson, Freedman, Jones and Witten. The Summer School concentrates on recent developments in low dimensional topology. The lecture series are aimed to introduce the participants to the latest developments in low dimensional topology.
18 July - 29 July, 2016
This will be a course on philosophy of mind, focusing on three topics that have been the subject of a good deal of attention in the last five to ten years, and which are currently at the vanguard of research: Phenomenal Intentionality, Panpsychism, and Substance Dualism. There is a good deal of cutting-edge research being pursued on all three of these topics today. The course will introduce participants to this new work, and pursue many of the questions and controversies surrounding it.
1 July - 9 July, 2016
Our understanding of the past, experience of the present, and visions of the future are shaped by the imagery transmitted by the multiple screens, which reflect and project, making reality a mediated concept and challenging the binary opposition between reality and its image. New mediatized world, marked by extreme visual excess and subtraction, requires new analytical tools and categories. These new competences are central for (re)framing the contested experience of history.
4 July - 13 July, 2016
Political psychology is the study of political behaviour of individuals and groups in the context of what we know about human psychological characteristics. It is a discipline at the intersection of political science and psychology and includes research on various topics, such as the formation and change of political attitudes and ideologies and how these relate to political behaviour (e.g.
27 June - 2 July, 2016
It has long been recognized that the human capacity for metarepresentation is at the basis for our proclivity to cooperate and communicate. However, the relationship of metarepresentation and communication has recently taken center stage in some of the discussions at the heart of cognitive science, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. 
4 July - 15 July, 2016
Explicitly or implicitly, the question of what makes us human has been a central and ongoing preoccupation among thinkers from antiquity to the present, and in intellectual traditions vastly removed from one another in time and space.

Policy and Training courses

27 June - 8 July, 2016
Increasingly, around the world, individuals are exploring means of resolving their differences prior to or instead of pursuing traditional court proceedings.  In many jurisdictions, the court may require litigants to attempt to resolve their dispute through an alternative process prior to obtaining access to the court system.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the umbrella term for a wide-range of processes which includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice.
4 July - 9 July, 2016
With the approaching adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the call by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a “revolution” in the use of data for sustainable development, geospatial technologies have tremendous potential to effectively and efficiently monitor SDG progress. In the fifteen years since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the amount of data available, data collection methods, and data processing methods have changed substantially.
11 July - 22 July, 2016
The course provides an opportunity to reflect on technical and policy level measures that improve industry’s environmental performance. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of solutions that help turn the “green industry” concept into practice and bolster its sustainability. Besides outcomes, there will also be an emphasis on green industry as a transition process that ‘bends the curve’ of conventional development towards green industry objectives over time.
11 July - 15 July, 2016
The overall aim of the workshop is to highlight recent innovations and advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are increasingly empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively respond when disasters hit. The workshop builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction.
25 July - 29 July, 2016
Traditionally, there have been four sources of funding for education. Governments have used taxation to pay for public education, the private sector has mostly relied on tuition fees that are charged to the student and his/her parent/guardian, religious organizations have contributed financial, human and infrastructure resources, and in many developing countries aid flows have funded a significant proportion of educational expenditures.
11 July - 15 July, 2016
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change.
26 June - 2 July, 2016
The purpose of this course is to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability.