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Top Summer Courses in 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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University of Southampton International Summer School

When you join the International Summer School 2019, you will study up to six exciting topics across the four weeks you are with us. Each topic is delivered by an internat ... [+]

Join us for a summer of British culture and explore our world-leading research.

When you join the International Summer School 2019, you will study up to six exciting topics across the four weeks you are with us. Each topic is delivered by an internationally-recognised member of academic staff at the University of Southampton working in partnership with one of our many enthusiastic postgraduate research students. Across three engaging and interactive classroom sessions, they will introduce you to their topic of choice, explaining why it is important to them and offering you an insight into the world-class research environment they work in.

You will find each topic is a friendly and engaging experience: you will normally study in groups with around 15 – 20 fellow students, allowing you to form good working relationships and have the opportunity to contribute and discuss in class.... [-]

United Kingdom Southampton
July 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
Vesalius College

Situated in Brussels, the ‘Capital of Europe’, Vesalius College offers students a unique summer experience. Lasting just 7 weeks, the Summer Session gives students a focu ... [+]

Situated in Brussels, the ‘Capital of Europe’, Vesalius College offers students a unique summer experience. Lasting just 7 weeks, the Summer Session gives students a focused academic programme and the opportunity to experience and explore the best of European culture and travel.

The Vesalius College Summer Programme consisted of courses in Business, Communications, International Affairs, and International & European Law. In addition, there are also a number of internship opportunities available. Students may register for a maximum of 2 courses during the Summer Programme (6 ECTS per course).

Courses

Summer 2019

The maximum course load is 2 courses.

ART101G – Art in Belgium – Leon Lock BUS 102G, The Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation – Sven Van Kerckhoven BUS2113G – Principles of Organizational Management – Munira Aminova BUS243G – Management Control Systems – Kim Adamsen BUS 316G – Business models and Leadership in times of Transition – de Kemmeter BUS 363G – Global Sustainability and Society – Frank Billingsley CMM 214G, Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach CMM233G – Introduction to Photojournalism CMM 262G, European Film, Culture and Contemporary Visions – Ernest Mathijs & Wouter Hessels INT 381G, Internship LAW 204G, Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court – Medlir Mema POL 223G, Ethnic Conflict, Reconciliation and Reconstruction – Medlir Mema POL 225G, Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and (De-)Radicalisation – Serge Stroobants POL234G, Economics and Politics of the EU – Mark Corner POL 261G, History... [-]
Belgium Brussels
June 2019
Full-time
7 weeks
Campus
Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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) la ... [+]

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)... [-]

Belgium Brussels Austria Vienna
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO

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

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.... [-]

Russia Odintsovo
June 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
University of Exeter International Summer School

This stimulating course will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pressing issues of international relations and conflict. Yo ... [+]

Best Summer Courses in Political Science 2019. About

This stimulating course will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pressing issues of international relations and conflict. You will explore the main characteristics of today’s global security environment, from terrorism to tensions produced by climate change, from nuclear proliferation to the migration crisis.

You will consider how various schools of thought can decisively strengthen our analysis of these issues, which will lead to an appreciation of the complex role of factors like military capabilities, economic structures, international institutions, identities and ideologies, or language and emotions.... [-]

United Kingdom Exeter
August 2019
Campus
Higher School of Economics

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)... [-]

Russia Moscow Nizhny Novgorod Saint Petersburg
June 2019
Part-time
2 - 8 weeks
Campus
Sciences Po 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.... [-]

France Lille
June 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
SOAS Summer School

This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the cont ... [+]

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 primarily 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.’ Additionally, the course looks at how legacies of conflict impact development through a focus on gender, trauma, and memory, inspired by poststructuralist approaches to understanding the relationship between conflict and development.... [-]

United Kingdom London
July 2019
Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
Go For it 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 gre ... [+]

Aren’t you tired of browsing job adverts that require experience? And how are you supposed to GET experience anyway?

We can help

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student in a university in the EU, or in Norway or Switzerland, this is the program for you! We will help you transition smoothly from the academic to the professional world.

What you get:

an internship placement in your area of interest: we will find it for you, after consulting you: no need to send 100 applications career development coaching: from cv and cover letter optimisation to advice on your LinkedIn profile, we will coach you on finding and presenting your strengths and pinpointing the value you can bring local orientation and advice, so you never feel lost in an unfamiliar jungle: you will always have a friendly person to call if you want help or advice Start in pole position ... [-]
Belgium Brussels
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 6 months
Campus
IES Abroad

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Germany Freiburg
May 2019
Full-time
8 weeks
Campus
University of 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, ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Southampton
July 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
Collegium Civitas

Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. ... [+]

Overview

Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. They are key social-political actors in all societies and all political regimes, including modern democracies.

In new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, political elites have played the crucial role in the swift and largely peaceful systemic change from Soviet-type socialist dictatorships to Western-type capitalist democracies (1989-91). They were responsible for the consolidation of democratic regimes in CEE, but also for the authoritarian shift in Russia and Belarus. Their decisions were pivotal for further differentiation in development paths in response to the Great Recession of 2008-15. ... [-]

Poland Warsaw
June 2019
Full-time
15 days
Campus
Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies

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... [-]

Switzerland Geneva
February 2020
Full-time
Campus
Georgian Institute Of Public Affairs

This course is designed to provide graduate and senior undergraduate level students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Black Sea-Caspian Region. The course w ... [+]

Certified Credit Summer Program

Geopolitics and Security - Case of Black Sea-Caspian Region

This program is supported by generous contribution from MR. FRANK GREINKE and his family foundation.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to provide graduate and senior undergraduate level students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Black Sea-Caspian Region. The course will provide with strategic overview of historic and recent developments, as well as with different scenarios for long-term developments in the region through examination of the empirical cases and current security environment in the region. The focus of the course will be on pivotal states for the stability and growth in the region: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan... [-]

Georgia Tbilisi
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Summer Boarding Courses

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Oxford
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus