The curriculum was designed to provide a unique academic experience in a challenging period of the current Eurpean crisis. The key topics of the course cover the way how does current Europe approach the topic of cross-border co-operation with particular focus on differences between “old” and “new” Europe. It reflects the current refugee crisis and offers various viewpoints on the links between CBC and Euroscepticism. It also makes possible cultural immersion through extracurricular activities including many field trips. Students are also integrated into the campus through numerous events, walking trips, fun and sports activities. A prolonged free weekend in the middle of the course enables student to make individual trips and explore other European countries.
At the beginning of the program, students participate in an intensive introduction to Czech culture as well as the orientation at the university and the city of Liberec. The programme explains the concept of CBC as one of the key tools to overcome negative effect of national borders in Europe, with particular focus on the different approaches by “old” and “new” EU members and the role of the EU and its financial instruments in promoting CBC. The knowledge will be framed in the context of current European crisis so that students can understand its causes, different understanding in different Euroepan countries and observe difficulties in efforts to promote European identity.
This mix should help the students to obtain an interdisciplinary perspective of current Europe.
Field Trips are academically interlinked with in-class sessions and are designed to provide better understanding of the discussed issues. The program lecturers guide all of the following trips: Prague, Wroclaw and Dresden, short trips to the neighborhood of Liberec.
Organizer: Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec
ECTS credits: 5
Price: 450 EURO (price includes course fee and all course materials, accommodation in the university dormitory, accommodation during field trips, all transport to the field trips, welcome and farewell party, entrance fees and non-stop students´assistance)
Contact: Hynek Böhm, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator