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Academic Program

Germany and Europe in a Turbulent World - History, Politics, Society, and Culture

Today’s world is characterized by crisis, tension and conflict. Germany and the European Union are not unaffected by these dynamics. New political antagonisms have emerged since the end of the Cold War. European Integration, successful for many years, is facing great challenges not only because of BREXIT but also due to migration and international terrorism. Right wing populism and authoritarianism seem on the rise again, and the dynamics of the Corona pandemic have already left their marks both in national societies and international relations. What all this implies for politics and society in Germany and Europe will be the central topic of this years program. By focusing on selected topics, the International Summer University will deepen the understanding of current developments and conflicts in a historical context and will also look into possibilities of overcoming such conflicts.

The ISU is comprised of 
ONE German language course (weeks 1-4), 
ONE “German History and Politics” course (weeks 1-2), and
TWO academic seminars (week 1+2 and week 3+4).