This Thursday afternoon meeting is intended to introduce the new EUROPEAN SUMMER INSTITUTE (ESI) which will be offered jointly, by the MA Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies, and the Institute for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel from June 1-July 15, 2016.
The ESI, which is open to all department graduate students, and will include University of Kassel graduate students as well, will offer 6 courses in its inaugural year. Courses taught by Institute faculty include: "International Trade" (taught by Dr. Scherrer), "International Finance," "The European Union and Austerity Policies," and "The Left-turn in Latin American Politics." Additional courses will be offered in the future as the ESI develops.
Dr.Eric Davis will teach a 10 day intensive course, "Youth and Radicalization in the Middle East and Europe," which will be followed by another 10 day intensive course, "Extremism and Political Violence," taught by MA Program Director of Development, Dr. Samuel (Muli) Peleg. These latter 2 courses are preparatory to (but don't require taking) another course, "Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Non-violence," which will be offered in northern Israel, in collaboration with Haifa University and Israeli Jewish-Palestinian community, civil society and peace building organizations, from July 15-August 15 . The course will be taught by Dr. Peleg and Dr. Johnny Mack, former chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation board of directors, and president of Communities Without Boundaries International (CWBI). The course will offer morning classes which focus on concepts and theories and an afternoon practicum where students will have the opportunity to work with Jewish-Arab organizations and assess what they have learned in a "real world" setting. These courses are part of a multi-year project sponsored by the MA Program and other Rutgers and non-Rutgers academic units, "Youth and Combating Radical Extremism in the 21st Century."
European Summer Institute courses are taught entirely in English (although German instruction is available). The University of Kassel charges no tuition, offers subsidized meal plans, and low-cost housing with local German families (or university dorms). As part of the instruction, students will have the opportunity to visit the offices of the WTO, ILO and WHO in Geneva, German government agencies concerned with development, and the Holocaust Museum in Berlin. Kassel is centrally located in Germany, allowing easy access to a large number of central European cities.
There are limited air travel funds available for non-American citizens of certain nationalities. Meanwhile, the MA Program is trying to raise funds from the private sector to help underwrite costs of the program.