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The Liberal Order in Crisis: Authoritarian, Radical, and Populist Challenges to Democracy in Europe

Please note, that this Summer Program will not take place in 2019.

We are currently working on a new concept for our summer school. Information regarding the program in 2020 will be published later this year.

May 30 - July 13, 2018

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"The summer school Ambivalences of Europeanization was a great chance to meet people from across the globe who share the same interests. The two courses I took were very informative and we also had many nice extracurricular activities together. The summer school team and international office took a very good care of us. Besides school I had time to travel and visit five new countries in the Central-Europe. The summer spent in Germany taught me about cultures, languages and international student life."

Sanna Valtonen, participant 2017

The current European order seems to be under siege. Its historically established normative foundations are challenged by various radical parties and movements.[1] Liberal democracy, human rights and open markets can no longer be taken for granted but must be justified and defended in the public arena. Some even fear that the historical lesson-learned that peace in Europe and beyond presupposes deep political and legal integration among the EU’s member states is giving way to the lure of nationalism and parochialism. How significant are these processes in Europe of today? Are we observing processes that are similar in kind to populist authoritarianism in the US, Russia and Turkey? Is the idea of the open society reaching the end of its political career and is slowly being replaced by a new combination of nationalism and socialism? 

The summer university addresses these questions with a view to understanding recent political processes in Europe in their broader international and historical context. It will take place in Frankfurt (Oder), directly located at the border to Poland in a unique social and political environment which pinpoints many of the recent challenges of Europe.

The following courses are offered: 

(1)    Comparative Analysis of Recent Challenges in Europe

(2)    The Radical Right in Europe: A New Wave of Regime Change?

(3)    The Fall of European Orders from the Roman Empire Until Today

(4)    Comparative Constitutional Populism

(5)    Concepts of Populism and Radicalism

(6)    European Economics

(7)    Corporate Finance

(8)    Intercultural Management Training

(9)    The Venezuelan Crisis: History and Present, Causes and Consequences. Alternative for Solutions.

(10)  International Marketing

Our Campus is located directly at the German-Polish border. You just have to walk across the bridge to find yourself in another country. Experience living in a region that has been influenced by major European historical impacts and join us on excursions to find traces of (inter-) European encounters!

This summer program is designed for students in European Studies, Global Studies, History, Social Studies, Cultural Studies, Business Administration and Economics