Prague Summer Schools

Since 2004 our annual Summer Schools offer a variety of topics for international students to explore. For over ten years Prague Summer Schools (PSS) has brought together talented students from around the world to spend an academic intensive week in the beautiful city of Prague. A selected international faculty of academics and practitioners turn 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 international dialogue.

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

In this summer school, we discuss 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 the collective imagination?
  • Do knowledge and imagination help deal with crisis – or construct it?

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

We focus on the migratory processes in Europe and the rise of populist politics. Our case studies include the so-called refugee crisis of 2015, the bordering processes in the EU, post-2004 migratory process within Europe, marginalized and silenced aspects of crisis, and the Brexit referendum. The emphasis is put on hope and fear and the figures who 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, and social and cultural interactions profoundly impact the lives of more and more countries and individuals.  Although global economic growth has contributed to better living standards in many countries, it has failed 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 technological developments, bring about new environmental and social challenges. Therefore, Development studies is 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 can understand its 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 give you the opportunity to get your bearings 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 at selected real-world case studies, you will gain the theoretical knowledge necessary to understand economic, social and environmental challenges related to development, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge in real world settings.

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

This Summer School is an exciting opportunity to broaden your knowledge and gain perspective on the interplay between law and psychology when examining the criminal behaviour of individuals and crime itself.

The academic part of the program will present issues raised by the use of psychology and law in criminal justice system, which will provoke discussions on the practical application of scientific knowledge. Students will discuss these issues with academics and practitioners during guest lectures, as well as 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 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 if China is still a communist country or if 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)

Many countries experienced various innovations in education. Development includes student-centred education, the change from memorization to understanding. As more data is accumulated, evidence that these approaches are more effective than the educational standards that have prevailed since the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century and continue to do so today. However, the overall systemic change is challenging the traditional methods of teaching and learning, i.e. methods that have been taken for granted for a very long time.

This 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 offeres students of various backgrounds 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, to learn about the implications of behavioral research for policy making and its practical applications in the realm of organizational management, and how we can use behavior insights at the individual level, e.g. how we can use then to help us cope with the flood of information in the current world.

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“I really want to thank you for all the work you did this summer; this one week was the shortest, but really unforgettable for me. I met so many amazing people from all over the world. And the program and all the lecturers were so interesting. Thanks to all the staff for being so generous and also for the perfect organization. I’m very grateful for such an amazing experience. Keep going, best wishes to you.”

Ekaterina Arabidze, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

“It was an amazing experience, I loved both the summer school and Prague! Lectures, professors, trips, assistance, everything was really well organized for us to make most of this program! I would like to congratulate all of you for the unforgettable experience that I had in Prague! I met great people, learned lots of new things, enjoyed as much of the city as I could and came back to Greece with numerous memories from this whole week! I hope you will continue organizing programs like this!”

Barbara Mathiopoulou, National University of Athens, Greece