Summer course in Political Science

Top Summer Courses in Political Science

Political Science

Taking the time to participate in a summer course is a great opportunity to progress toward a college degree. For a relatively short time investment, these faster-paced summer courses convey the same core information as found in a traditional term-length engagement.

What is a summer course in political science? A summer course in political science takes students on an exploration of the government systems of their own country and provides insight into their nation’s relationship with others around the globe. Political science courses draw from many other fields of study, including history, sociology, psychology and economics to name a few. There is a host of different political science classes available, some focusing on the governments of single nations while others consider the material on an international scale.

Political science summer courses are taken by students for a variety of reasons. Some do so to gain a solid foundation for a career in the political arena. Others participate simply to attain a greater understanding of the world outside their day-to-day lives.

More often than not, summer courses at universities are less expensive than those offered during the standard academic year. Nevertheless, it is wise to do research on each school of interest to have a detailed list of options.

Those who choose to take a summer course in political science lay the groundwork for fulfilling and meaningful careers in the future. Aspiring journalists typically need some basic political knowledge to get hired by major publications and television networks. Extensive studies in political science are often required for many government positions whether they are local or international in nature. Nearly all senators, representatives, ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers have some background in the field in order to be effective.

Nations around the world teach students the intricacies of political science, which is why summer courses in the subject are so widely offered. To enroll in one, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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GLOBAL PEACE, SECURITY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES

Vesalius College
Campus 10 days July 2019 Belgium Brussels

This summer school brings together the theoretical and policy-oriented perspectives from peace studies, security studies and strategic studies. [+]

10-Day ‘Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies Summer School’

Welcome to the 2018 Global Peace, Security, and Strategic Studies Summer School.

Europe and the wider world faces complex, multifaceted and fundamental security challenges at an ever expansive scale. Whether it is ‘new threats’ such as cybersecurity, the impact of environmental degradation on security and livelihoods, the societal impacts of the impending ‘robotics and artificial intelligence revolution’ or the resurgence of ‘classical threats’, such as nuclear proliferation, arms races, regional conflicts, information warfare, hybrid warfare and the challenges of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the next generation of students and analysts must be literate in the analytical tools and policy-oriented solutions to a wide range of security problems.... [-]


The Institute of Law and Policy Summer Program

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2019 Israel Jerusalem

The Institute for Law and Policy is held in cooperation with the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the Rothberg International School. The Institute is specially designed for overseas students and attorneys and provides an introduction to the stimulating academic environment of The Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. An international hub of activity, Jerusalem is a unique backdrop to live, learn and participate in the program’s academic and extra-curricular activities, including field trips, guest lectures, and social activities. [+]

The Institute for Law and Policy is held in cooperation with the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the Rothberg International School. The Institute is especially designed for overseas students and attorneys and provides an introduction to the stimulating academic environment of The Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem. An international hub of activity, Jerusalem is a unique backdrop to live, learn and participate in the program’s academic and extra-curricular activities, including field trips, guest lectures and social activities.

The Institute for Law and Policy is designed to provide in-depth analysis of Israel’s most important law and policy challenges on both domestic and international levels. Through discussion and debate, as well as hands-on experiences, field trips to disputed areas, and guest lectures from legal experts, you’ll enhance your understanding of the complex issues confronting Israel in local and international law.... [-]


Summer School on EU Policy Making

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2019 Belgium Brussels Austria Vienna + 2 more

Two weeks of intensive study (in Brussels & Vienna) on the EU decision-making process, for students with a background in (international) politics and/or (European) law. Focus in 2019 is on ‘Analysing human security in today’s EU'! [+]

In brief: Intensive 2-week Summer School (1 week in Brussels and 1 in Vienna). It's a crash course in EU Policy Making, with focus in 2019 on analysing human security in the EU! While touching upon all EU policy fields, we will offer participants insights into several aspects of security, including security in its traditional sense (defense) but also from a societal perspective (migration, environment, development).

Visits: European Commission, European Parliament, OSCE, United Nations, EU Delegation in Vienna.

Dedicated website:www.eu-summerschool.eu

Dedicated Facebook page:www.facebook.com/summerschooleu/

Apply by 1 May 2019! (10% early-bird discount if you apply by 15 March 2019)... [-]


Summer Peace and Conflict Course Kosovo

RIT Kosovo™
Campus Full time Part time June 2019 Kosovo Prishtina USA Rochester + 2 more

Practice global learning with new friends from around the world. Explore conflict transformation with practitioners and academics in classrooms, workshops, study-travel, and meetings with senior officials in the Balkans. Do this and more at the Post-Conflict Transformation summer program at the RIT/A.U.K. Our five-week package consists of two courses (three credit hours, offered by A.U.K’s partner university, Rochester Institute of Technology) and one of two study tours: Montenegro, Bosnia, and Serbia or Albania, Greece and Macedonia. Courses are for undergraduates, graduates and professionals in relevant fields The program offers courses in:

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Welcome to the Summer Program in Kosovo

18 June - 28 July The RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Program enables participants to work with academic specialists and distinguished practitioners from the fields of military, diplomatic, human rights and humanitarian affairs with extensive experience in the Balkans and globally. Practice global learning with new friends from around the world. Explore conflict transformation with practitioners and academics in classrooms, workshops, study-travel, and meetings with senior officials in the Balkans. Do this and more at the Post-Conflict Transformation summer program at the RIT/A.U.K. Our five-week package consists of two courses (three credit hours, offered by A.U.K’s partner university, Rochester Institute of Technology) and one of two study tours: Montenegro, Bosnia, and Serbia or Albania, Greece and Macedonia. Courses are for undergraduates, graduates and professionals in relevant fields The program offers courses in:... [-]


The Middle East in Global Politics

SOAS Summer School
Campus Full time 19 days July 2019 United Kingdom London

This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, as well as identity and foreign policy. It is informed by a rigorous engagement with theories of international relations. The course begins with an exploration of the different historical phases of interaction between Middle East states and the international system. These are divided into the colonial, Cold War and post-Cold War periods. [+]

Programme Description

This course aims to place the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, as well as identity and foreign policy. It is informed by a rigorous engagement with theories of international relations. The course begins with an exploration of the different historical phases of interaction between Middle East states and the international system. These are divided into the colonial, Cold War and post-Cold War periods.

Lectures will cover the early settler colonies, Britain’s informal empire in the Gulf, and the Anglo-French mandates, as well as the rise of Turkey and Israel, and the challenge represented by the pan-Arabist revolutionary states, followed by a discussion of the Middle East’s place in the post-Cold War unipolar era. Each of these phases is discussed in tandem with relevant influential paradigms and concepts of international relations theory used to study the Middle East in its international context. Attention is paid to the question of the features of a regional sub-system, as well as the subfield of foreign policy analysis in international relations. The second section of the course tackles key themes in international relations, such as transnationalism, migration, oil, globalisation and identity. The final section of the course considers conflict and cooperation. This will involve analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arabism and Islamism, and the foreign policy-making and key actors of regional powers.... [-]


Middle East & Conflict Studies

Tel Aviv University
Campus Full time 41 days June 2019 Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo

Students enrolling in this summer program will have the chance to examine the Middle East from an insider’s perspective and gain a nuanced understanding of the key transformations taking place in the region. All courses offer at least one day-long excursion to complement the in-class coursework. [+]

Students enrolling in this summer program will have the chance to examine the Middle East from an insider’s perspective and gain a nuanced understanding of the key transformations taking place in the region. All courses offer at least one day-long excursion to complement the in-class coursework. Students can choose to take two of the following three courses:

History and Memory in Tel Aviv-Jaffa (3 credits) Arab and Israelis: Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East (3 Credits) Islam Politics & Terror in the Middle East (3 credits)

In addition to coursework, social activities and trips around the country are offered, such as to the North, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem, and are conducted by our Madrichim. Precise dates for these will be announced closer to the program start date.... [-]


MGIMO International Summer School 2018 in Russian Foreign and Energy Policy

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Campus Full time 3 weeks September 2019 Russia Moscow Italy Macerata United Kingdom Saint Andrews France Nancy Spain Marbella Milan USA Monterey Paris Rome Reading Switzerland Geneva + 16 more

This year MGIMO International Summer School offers two intensive Modules “Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges” and “Russian Energy Policy and International Energy Cooperation”. [+]

This year MGIMO International Summer School offers two intensive Modules “Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges” and “Russian Energy Policy and International Energy Cooperation”.

Both Modules are taught in English by renowned internationally recognized MGIMO University professors, at a graduate level. Students will attend daily lectures, followed by group discussions and teamwork projects, meet prominent Russian politicians and diplomats, representatives of Russian and international big businesses.

Each module consists of Discipline-Specific Courses (62 contact hours including an oral exam, 5 ECTS credits), and 30 contact hours and 14 field trip hours of the Russian Language Course (4 ECTS credits). The Russian language course is taught in groups composed of students with similar levels of proficiency in the Russian language.... [-]


International Summer University

Higher School of Economics
Campus Part time 2 - 8 weeks June 2019 Russia Moscow Nizhny Novgorod Saint Petersburg + 2 more

Earn credits and discover Russia at HSE's International Summer University in Moscow and St. Petersburg [+]

Each summer, undergraduate and graduate students and professionals from all over the world come to Moscow for English-taught courses with HSE’s top professors. Courses focus on the politics, history, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia, and also include computer science, mathematics, social sciences, the humanities, and Russian language.

Students design their own study plans based on their interests and the number of credits they wish to earn. Special modules are offered at HSE’s St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod campuses, so that international students can experience Russia’s three cities in one summer.

Dates: June 20 – August 20, 2018

Fee: 150 USD per academic credit (more information)... [-]


Summer Course: International - EU Affairs and/or French Language and Society

Sciences Po Lille
Campus Full time 4 weeks June 2019 France Lille

Do you feel like visiting the European Institutions, study EU Affairs and French language at the same time this summer? Welcome to Sciences Po Lille Summer School! [+]

Do you feel like visiting the European Institutions, study EU Affairs and French language at the same time this summer? Welcome to Sciences Po Lille Summer School!

The 2019 Summer School proposes an innovative programme around 2 tracks:

International - EU Affairs French Language & Society

Professors teaching during the Four weeks of the Summer School will have the opportunity to teach small groups of students and propose methodological and interactive approaches. Students will divide their time in Lille between modules which focus on International and European affairs, including issues such as the European identity and values, migration and conflicts. The courses in The French language aims to enhance and perfect their language skills as well provide some understanding of the contemporary aspects of French society. Sciences Po Lille’s Summer School offers a variety of field trips and social events.... [-]


Summer Internship Program

Go For it Brussels
Campus Full time 6 - 10 weeks September 2019 Belgium Brussels

Why not use your summer to advance your resume and get real life experience in the domain you are interested in ? Brussels is the cosmopolitan melting pot of Europe, a great place to get started building your international career. [+]

An internship you won't want to go home from

Immersive, full time internship in an area of your choice. Flexible start and duration: we recommend a minimum stay of 8 weeks.

Train your Superpowers

Give your resume a boost with a work experience in the multicultural capital of Europe. Whether you feel focused on a specific area or you aren't sure where to start from, we can help.

Individual Success plan: we take the time to get to know you and we help you build your plan to a successful career. Internship placement: we will apply for you, no need to worry about the application process. Coaching: in or group and one on one sessions, you will learn how to network your way to maeningful professional connections. You will gain valuable tips to negotiating your tasks, your time, and your relationships at the office. Portfolio: take home a complete toolkit for your next application. Never feel lost again! ... [-]

Summer school in Russian Studies: Russian language, Politics & Art

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks July 2019 Russia Saint Petersburg

Do you want to study Russian language and learn more about the political and cultural life of Russia? Join this Summer School! [+]

Do you want to study Russian language and learn more about the political and cultural life of Russia? Join this Summer School!

Our August module is a perfect possibility for those who would like to start the new academic year having received an impressive kit of credits in Russian Studies and international experience.

St. Petersburg with its rich history and art is a city that inspires, a city you will fall in love with once you visit it. Within this module you will simultaneously:

obtain or advance your Russian language skills; learn about the main political facts and figures of modern Russia; explore St. Petersburg as a “Cultural Capital of Russia” and enjoy diverse extracurricular activities. ... [-]

European Union Summer

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 8 weeks May 2019 Germany Freiburg

The EU Summer Program gives you the opportunity to intensively study the past, present, and future challenges of European integration. The program begins in the heart of Europe—Freiburg, Germany—where you’ll start a specialized curriculum that will take you on a 16-day experiential journey through Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Cyprus. [+]

Overview

The EU Summer Program gives you the opportunity to intensively study the past, present, and future challenges of European integration. The program begins in the heart of Europe—Freiburg, Germany—where you’ll start a specialized curriculum that will take you on a 16-day experiential journey through Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Cyprus.

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, you will travel to Sarajevo, called the “Jerusalem of Europe” because of its once historic mix of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. After Sarajevo, you’ll have a two-day trip to Republika Srpska that includes a visit to the memorial site for victims of Srebrenica, and an overnight stay in Višegrad, immortalized in Ivo Andrié’s Nobel Prize-winning classic Bridge on the Drina.... [-]


Summer School EAFIT

Universidad EAFIT
Campus Full time June 2019 Colombia Medellín

Summer School will offer more than 90 courses for children, adolescents, and adults from Colombia and around the world, giving these participants the chance to interact with other students and explore their interest areas. [+]

Summer School will offer more than 90 courses for children, adolescents, and adults from Colombia and around the world, giving these participants the chance to interact with other students and explore their interest areas.

New courses of interest will be developed for the summer season (June 13th to August 7th) in fields such as political science, urbanism, entrepreneurship, finance, and engineering. The goal is to expand knowledge areas through a didactic approach, encouraging students to experience the university and the city in a unique way during the summer recess.This program seeks to promote a teaching and learning process that incorporates new academic elements into the task of preparing competent individuals, helping them face the crucial moment of choosing which degree program to pursue while also allowing the participants to experience the city of Medellín and the major transformations it has undergone from a historical and cultural perspective. The Summer School’s course offering is currently divided into:... [-]


Summer Course in Geopolitics

Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies
Campus Full time February 2019 Switzerland Geneva

The principal objective of this study programme is to introduce the basic concepts of geopolitics. [+]

The principal objective of this study programme is to introduce the basic concepts of geopolitics. The course adopts a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates strategic, geographic, historic, cultural and economic dimensions in order to facilitate a more profound understanding of contemporary international relations. Conferences will be held by leading international experts. Target group of participants: Persons working for International Organisations and government agencies, diplomats, university students, people working in various economic sectors, and other interested individuals. Dates: Program starts on Monday 13 July and ends on Friday 17 July 2015. Schedule: Conferences take place between 9-12 AM and 2:00 -5:00 PM. Location: Domaine de Penthes, 18, Chemin de l’Impératrice, Geneva, Switzerland. Language: English Certificate of participation will be awarded by GIGS upon completion of the course. Modules can be arranged if someone cannot attend the whole program. Application deadline: 2nd June 2015 Participation fee: 1’200 CHF for professionals and 700 CHF for students. (The registration fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals and health insurance fees. GIGS does not offer financial aid to attend the summer course) PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES... [-]


Crossroads II - Security Issues and Central Europe

Collegium Civitas
Campus Full time 15 days June 2019 Poland Warsaw

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. [+]

Overview

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. The west saw this as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tended to view it as a threatening move reminiscent of “encirclement.”

This course will examine the complex historical roots of the conflicting stance between NATO and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss the importance of intelligence in the murky world of hybrid war. We will discuss how energy and non-energy natural resources play roles in security policy. We will also look at the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders.... [-]