Prague Summer Schools

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Prague Summer Schools

Since 2004 we are annually organizing Summer Schools for international students focusing on various topics. For over ten years Prague Summer Schools (PSS) bring talented students from around the world to spend an intensive academic week in the beautiful city of Prague. A selected international faculty of academics, as well as practitioners, turns each summer school into a working space where concrete aspects of important social, economic and political problems are tackled. Our aim is to contribute to the understanding of selected current issues while fostering the international dialog.

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The Summer School on Europe in Crisis: Hopes and Fears of the EU

In the summer school, we bring to your attention the role of knowledge and imagination in political debates and policymaking in the times of crisis and ask:

  • What is known and ignored?
  • What are the ways of naming and classifying social actors (e.g. illegal immigrant, welfare tourist)?
  • What affects collective imagination?
  • Do knowledge and imagination deal with the crisis – or construct it?

The tool-box we will offer the students contains conceptual categories and methods of anthropology, international relations, political psychology, migration studies, sociology, discourse analysis, racial and ethnic studies.

We focus on the migratory processes in Europe and the rise of populist politics. Our case studies are the so-called refugee crisis of 2015, bordering processes in the EU, post-2004 migratory process within Europe, marginalized and silenced aspects of crisis as well as the Brexit referendum. The emphasis is put on hope and fear as the figures that frame European politics and public discourse today.

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Summer School on Development, Sustainability & Globalization

The increasing globalization of economic relations, technology transfer, social and cultural interactions profoundly impacts on lives of more and more countries and individuals.  Although global economic growth has contributed to better living standards in many countries, it is failing to reduce poverty in the least developed parts of the world. For example, over the last 30 years, GNI for Africa’s Sub-Saharan region has more than doubled, but the poverty rate remains constant at about 50% of the population. At the same time, current consumption patterns in both developed and developing countries, together with shifting production and current technological developments bring about new environmental and social challenges. The development studies are, therefore, a crucial field to be investigated as it still lacks a shared academic understanding. How can we address the complex issue of development, so that we understand the global impact of development and ensure that even failures lead to constructive and working solutions? 

This summer school will take a multidisciplinary approach to the concept of development in a globalized world and it will give you the opportunity to get your bearing in a growing and very complex field of study. Through debates and teamwork with other international students, experts and researchers, and by looking in detail into selected real-world case studies you will gain both the theoretical knowledge necessary to understand economic, social and environmental challenges related to development, but also the ability to apply that knowledge in real world settings.

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Summer School on Crime, Law, and Psychology (CLP)

The Summer School is an exciting opportunity to broaden your knowledge and gain your own perspective on the interplay between law and psychology when examining the criminal behavior of individuals and dealing with the problem of crime.

The academic part of the program will present issues raised by different approaches of psychology and law to the criminal justice system and will provoke discussions generating new ideas about the application of scientific knowledge in practice. Students will discuss these issues with academics and practitioners during guest lecturers, as well outside the classroom during site visits and special events

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Summer School on China – a World Superpower: Myth or Reality? (CHINA)

Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea, global warming, the world financial crisis, America’s budget deficit, Taiwan, oil prices and efforts to eradicate piracy near Somalia – what do all these issues have in common? The answer is that, to a lesser or greater extent, China is involved. Whether one likes it or not, the People’s Republic of China is becoming an economic and political powerhouse and the world’s second most powerful country after the United States. At the same time, there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion about the real nature of Beijing’s political and economic system. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in finding out what the real China is and where it is headed in the near future, SCHOLA EMPIRICA is pleased to invite you to the Summer School on China: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality?

  • Do you sometimes wonder whether China is still a communist country or whether it has become a capitalist authoritarian state?
  • Would you like to analyze China’s economic developments to find out whether Beijing can sustain its enviable economic growth and soon surpass the U.S. economy?
  • Are you interested in discussing the various domestic and international challenges that may prevent China from becoming an important player on the world stage? Would you like to spend a week in one of Europe’s most admired cities, combining summer holidays with a challenging academic and networking environment?

If so, then this summer program is the right choice for you!

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Summer School on Education: The Future of School (EDU)

In many countries, we witness various innovations in education. Student-centered education, change of focus from memorizing towards understanding, inquiry-based instruction, and other developments are can be witnessed in more and more schools. It seems there is also being accumulated more evidence that these approaches actually work better than a still prevailing approach which was launched after the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century and which has been used since then. However, the overall systemic change is dragging its feet as it is challenging the traditional methods of teaching and learning, i.e. methods that have been taken for granted for a very long time.

The Summer School invites students to discuss the current issues and potential new approaches to education with academics, researchers, professionals, as well as with fellow students of various academic and cultural backgrounds.

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Summer School on Behavioral Economics and Psychology (BEHAVE)

The Summer School on Behavioral Economics and Psychology brings to students of various backgrounds the state-of-the-art research on behavioral aspects of decision-making and experimental psychology. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to better understand the role of emotions in our “rational” decision-making and to learn about the implications of behavioral research for policy making, its practical applications in the realm of organizational management and how we can use the behavior insights at the individual level, e.g. helping us to cope with the flood of information in the current world.

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“Chci vám poděkovat za veškerou práci, kterou jste letos pro Letní školy udělali; tenhle týden byl pro mne opravdu nezapomenutelný. Potkala jsem tolik úžasných lidí z celého světa. Program a taky všichni lektoři byli zajímaví. Děkuji všem organizátorům, že během Letních škol byli stále usmívaví a vstřícní. Jsem velmi vděčná za takový úžasný zážitek. Jen tak dál.”


Ekaterina Arabidze, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

“Byl to úžasný zážitek, byt součástí Letních škol v Praze! Přednášky, profesoři, výlety, pořadatelé, vše bylo velmi dobře organizované a my jsme si tak mohly naplno vychutnat celý program. Ráda bych poděkovala všem za nezapomenutelný zážitek! Potkala jsem skvělé lidi, naučila jsem se spoustu nových věcí, a taky jsem objevila krásu města Praha. Doufám, že budete i nadále organizovat tento program!


Barbara Mathiopoulou, National University of Athens, Greece