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Sustainable Human Development: From International Frameworks to Regional Policies (July 1 - July 12, 2013)
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CEU Summer University
Central European University, Budapest announces its international postgraduate summer course on "Sustainable Human Development: From International Frameworks to Regional Policies" (July 1 - July 12, 2013) for graduate students and junior researchers and faculty preferably in humanities.
Detailed course information: http://www.summer.ceu.hu/sustainable-2013
Alexios Antypas, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Ioannis N. Dimitrakopoulos, Equality and Citizens' Rights Department, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, Austria
The course is a continuation of the similar endeavor conducted in 2006-2012. The course will generally maintain its initial structure addressing major areas of sustainable human development from both academic and policy angle. The experience so far suggests that this combination of theoretical exposure and practical experience makes it unique and interesting for participants not just from Europe and CIS but also beyond the region.
In 2012 the main purpose of the course will be to equip participants with a deep understanding of sustainable human development, MDGs and their policy relevance in respective countries in a creative, out-of-the-box manner. An important objective of the course is to expose its participants to different development paradigms, help understand the rationale behind them and understand their relevance in specific development contexts.
The course will consist of two modules: an on-line self-learning module (conducted in March-April 2013) and an in-residence course at CEU (July 1-12, 2013).
Module 1 will be structured by thematic areas moderated by individual Lead Lecturers. Each thematic area will have its electronic library, forum and blog as a vehicle for exchange of views and discussions among the participants. The Lead Lecturers will be moderating the on-line forums and will be assessing the quality of individual participants’ contributions.
Participation in Module 1 and in the on-line discussions will be a precondition for attending the in-residence module. Fee-paying participants should pass this module in May.
The selection of the candidates for Module 2 will be done based on the following criteria:
In Module 2, through advanced lectures and practical exercises the participants will extend their knowledge acquired during Module 1 bridging it with practical dimensions using the experience of practitioners from the region.
Each day of the in-residence course will be devoted to one topic (following the topics of Module 1) and will be structured in a dual pattern: one part devoted to theoretical aspects of the topic and the second addressing practical dimensions and experience (how theory translates or does not translate into policy practice). Broad involvement of participants is envisaged. They will present the case studies elaborated during Module 1. The studies submitted by the other (not selected) participants will be used as additional resources for the course.
Immediately after the completion of Module 1, participants selected for Module 2 will be asked to choose two options of “development models” out of 4 possibilities reflecting alternative approaches to development challenges – combinations between “state managed” and “free market” in economic terms and “multi-party pluralism” and “autocratic rule” in the political area. During the two weeks in Budapest the participants will be playing the role of the “development elite” of an imaginary country whose socioeconomic profile will be reflecting the major specifics of RBEC region. At the end of each thematic day the groups will be holding brainstorming sessions on how “their” model relates to the particular topic, discussing what its strengths and weaknesses are in that particular area vis-à-vis other models.
At the end of the in-residence module each group will present and defend their “case” advocating its particular “development model” to the country’s President (Course Faculty will not be involved in group facilitation). This would involve also elaboration of “reform guidelines” – what needs to be changed in the imaginary country’s governance structure so that the particular model maximizes its results in sustainable human development terms.
The group presentations will be assessed both by the President and the voters (participants themselves in a secret ballot). Two awards are envisaged to be presented for “Best substantive arguments” and “Best presentation”.
Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: February 15, 2013