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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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 2017 in Kosovo

18 June - 28 July, 2017 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:... [-]


Development and Conflict

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

This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It is informed by a political economy approach to analysing conflict, and highlights the way in which the economic and political interests of conflict parties and their international backers may conspire to form ‘war systems,’ and how violent conflict may create great wealth for some while causing devastation for many more. [+]

Programme Description

This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It is informed by a political economy approach to analysing conflict, and highlights the way in which the economic and political interests of conflict parties and their international backers may conspire to form ‘war systems,’ and how violent conflict may create great wealth for some while causing devastation for many more.

The course is divided into three parts: First, we will explore the core concepts of conflict, development and violence and introduce several basic approaches to analysing conflict: in terms of rational choice, political economy, and more anthropological approaches that foreground the meanings and social embeddedness of violence. Second, we will explore and critically probe a range of explanations for the causes and consequences of violent conflict, focusing on explanations framed in terms of natural resources and environmental scarcity and in terms of ethnic or religious identities and the impacts in terms of displacement and humanitarian crises, and the effect of violent conflict on non-war, ‘criminal’ violence. Finally, we will consider the role of external interveners in alleviating and exacerbating conflict, focusing on the challenges of externally-led post-conflict reconstruction, the role of the global arms trade and international political and economic institutions more broadly in shaping conflicts, and how the war on terror articulates with the conflicts and approaches to analysing them that we have been studying.... [-]


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.... [-]


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:... [-]


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.... [-]


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.... [-]


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 2018 Summer School proposes an innovative programme around 2 tracks:

International - EU Affairs French Language & Society

Professors teaching during the Four weeks in July will have the opportunity to teach small groups of students and propose methodological and interactive approaches. Students will have the opportunity to divide their time in Lille between modules which focus on International and European affairs, including issues such as the crisis in Climate change, European identity and values, and migration. 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.... [-]


MGIMO International Summer School 2018 in Russian Foreign and Energy Policy

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Campus Full time 3 weeks September 2018 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 School The EU and its neighbours: challenges and opportunities of cooperation

University of Pisa Summer & Winter Schools
Campus Full time June 2019 Italy Pisa

The summer school focuses on the EU relations with its Southern and Eastern neighbours placing emphasis on the opportunities of cooperation, especially in the fields of trade and energy as well as on the challenges of this cooperation in the fields of foreign affairs and migration. [+]

The summer school focuses on the EU relations with its Southern and Eastern neighbours placing emphasis on the opportunities of cooperation, especially in the fields of trade and energy as well as on the challenges of this cooperation in the fields of foreign affairs and migration.

Experts coming from the academia/or and international institutions will explain the instruments through which the EU supports and seeks to influence its neighbours as well as the achievements and failures of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

It is based on lectures of two/three hours and simulation games given in English and offered by professors and experts in law, political science or economics. The students will be provided with reading material and will be asked to take a final exam. The total number of hours (including simulation games) of the summer school is 28/30.... [-]


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 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. ... [-]

Politics & Economics Summer Course

Summer Boarding Courses
Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Oxford

Politics & Economics has been designed for the political leaders of tomorrow. [+]

Welcome to a rich and dynamic summer college. Our courses bring together cultures, ideas and study to form a stepping stone for your future academic and professional success.

Oxford is home to wonderful architecture, history and to some of the greatest thinkers of the world, you are invited to become part of that wonderful heritage.

Students travel from around the world to become part of our academic family, forming a remarkable community each with cultures, passions and ideas to offer and learn.

This is Oxford College Summer School.

Politics & Economics

Politics & Economics has been designed for the political leaders of tomorrow. During the course students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key political and economic concepts, as well as develop their understanding of international geopolitical trends. They will discover how governmental policies are maintained or changed, while furthering their ability to evaluate the ideologies and values at the heart of different political systems. In addition, students will learn how to develop political campaigns and master the art of giving presentations.... [-]


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.... [-]


International Summer school, topic 1 - Contemporary Global Security Challenges

University of Southampton
Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

This topic, delivered by Steve Chisnall, a former Sir Vice-Marshal in the UK’s Royal Air Force, and the Director of Southampton’s MSc in International Security and Risk, provides you with an overview of the main security challenges facing the world today. It provides you with the opportunity to explore answers to the questions posed above through the use of classic and contemporary literature from a range of academic disciplines. You will also be provided with the chance to examine specific case studies to apply these security theories to real-world challenges, exploring different policy options that governments could consider, and debate the merits and drawbacks of these approaches. [+]

Spend your summer becoming part of a world-class university

When you join the International Summer School 2018, you are booking your place to become part of an internationally recognised centre for world-class research, enterprise and learning. Across four weeks, 16 July to 10 August 2018, you will meet many of the students and staff that make the University of Southampton one of the top 1% of universities in the world.

Mixing with students and staff from across the world in the classroom, as you make the most of our modern campus facilities, or while you are relaxing in your comfortable hall of residence, you'll make friends and gain experiences to take home that are unique.... [-]