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 list of summer courses which will be offered in the summer of 2014.

More details about course content and logistics will be gradually added as we get closer to the start of the program. 

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Format: 2014-08-31
Format: 2014-08-31

Research-Intensive courses

7 July - 18 July, 2014
The course will examine two sets of questions. Most of the sessions will focus on various topics in applied philosophy. These will include some of the more well-known issues, e.g. abortion, punishment, animal ethics,
ethics of war, the ethics of consumption, as well as some less well known topics in applied philosophy, e.g. the ethics of biohacking.
23 June - 3 July, 2014

The course fosters new approaches to the study of regionalisms in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building on, but seeking to go beyond the European experience the course examines the rise of regions after World War II and the resurgence of the idea in and from the 1980s. It considers the different interpretations, values and expectations assigned to ‘region’, from regional free trade agreements to security communities to supra-national integrative projects.

30 June - 11 July, 2014

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. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors.

30 June - 5 July, 2014
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas?   Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
17 July - 25 July, 2014
Both in philosophy and in everyday life, ethical questions often seem to be particularly difficult to answer: one’s confidence in the truth of one’s own position is often matched by the equal confidence of others with conflicting opinions. In many cases, we eventually seem to have to rely on certain basic intuitions on which we must base our ethical views. But could such basic intuitions be justified, and could we ever resolve disagreements about them?
In this course, we will examine important issues related to these themes.
23 June - 30 June, 2014
What makes humans moral beings? This question can be understood either as a proximate “how” question or as an ultimate “why” question. The “how” question, which is about the mental and social mechanisms that produce moral judgments has been investigated by psychologists and social scientists.
30 June - 6 July, 2014

This seven-day-long summer school is aimed at training graduate students and junior researchers at the outset of their careers to become the next generation of teachers and researchers within the broad field of Romany studies. It will contribute directly to building local and regional Roma Research Networks, aiming to use synergies and complementarities between European countries to raise the quality of research and policy preparation. 

Policy and Training courses

6 July - 12 July, 2014
This intensive summer course brings together a broadly international group of researchers, policy advocates, technologists and human rights activists to gain new insights into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet.
7 July - 11 July, 2014
Though the latest outbreak in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) made tons of environmental data and technologies affordable and easily available for wide scientific and managerial communities, utilizing this great potential is still hindered by a number of factors.
14 July - 23 July, 2014

This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.

30 June - 11 July, 2014
Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.
This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development.
14 July - 18 July, 2014

The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically.

6 July - 11 July, 2014
Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the tenth year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity.
23 June - 27 June, 2014

This intensive  one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.

21 July - 25 July, 2014

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. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.