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Security and Society Summer School

**This is a non-PACIE event. Please direct any questions to the sponsoring organization.**

The Security and Society Summer School (, hosted by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland is now accepting applications for Summer 2017.

Program dates: May 27 - July 7, 2017

Application deadline: March 15, 2017

This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on significant global issues while earning up to 8 US semester credits. Summer 2017 includes the following line-up of courses:

Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe 
Through an understanding of history, this course offers a rich, entertaining, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive insight into the culture, politics, and modern life of Central Europe. Study Central Europe's important place in historical European conflicts, it's major contributions to modern science and culture, and its deep Jewish cultural heritage. It will look at Poland's post-1989 economic success, its role in EU migration and ecological issues and other current events.

Crossroads II - Security Issues and Central Europe  
The growth of NATO and the EU has been seen in the West as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tends to view it as "encirclement." This course will examine the complex historical roots of these conflicting stances and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss intelligence, hybrid war, cybersecurity, energy and other natural resources, and the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security, and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders.

Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy 
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity as a domestic and international policy issue; we will focus cybersecurity's role in a functioning state rather than discuss the details of software and hardware in-depth. We will examine different dimensions of cybersecurity: inter-state, transnational, civil, economic, terrorism, espionage, corporate and individual. We will discuss contemporary cybersecurity strategy studies and related policies. Perhaps most importantly, we will discuss why the European Union, NATO, or other international organizations have failed to set an effective framework for combatting cyberthreats.

Between Hitler and Stalin
Travel through Germany and Poland, getting a close-up view of where WWII started. Trace the rise of Nazi Germany starting in Berlin, with visits to the Olympic Stadium and the Reichstag. Uncover the Third Reich’s exploits and horrendous atrocities across Europe at Auschwitz and Warsaw. See firsthand how the area has rebuilt and attempted to heal past wounds. View cathedrals and Teutonic castles along the way, and hear from special guests about what life was like at such a pivotal time in world history.

Crime and Punishment in Central/Eastern Europe
This course will overview a number of important popular criminological issues within socio-political and economic contexts. Poland will serve as a case study of how criminal justice operates in Central-Eastern Europe and will be contextualized against three distinctive periods in Polish history: under socialism / communism; in the transition period from 1989 – 2004; and after Poland joined the European Union in 2004.

Jewish Heritage  
Poland once housed a majority of the world's Jews and today, 70 percent of the world's Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. This course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. It will also examine the influence of the Polish Jews on American culture and their contribution in forming the Israeliidentity. The course will be co-directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and Dr. Jolanta Zyndul, Senior Historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Building Blocks: What Cities Tell Us about Society, History, and Change  
Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. After the devastation of WW2 and after the the fall of the communist regimes, cities have changed their looks, monuments, and place names. In this course we will ask many questions about what a city is and how it funcitons. Who are the main actors in the shaping and reshaping of a city? How can historical preservation and economic development be balanced? How can competing interpretations coexist? What is the relationship between urban changes and broader social, cultural, and political transformation?

Elites and Politics in New and Old Democracies
Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. This course introduces the concept of elites together with its contemporary theoretical framework and outlines the patterns of elite and social-political transformations in CEE (including Russia) as well as the old democracies (such as the US). The course is designed for higher-level undergraduate and advanced (postgraduate) students.

Poles Apart: Identity, Diversity, Tolerance
Located at a crossroads between East and West, Poland's geographical position and unusual political setup have historically forged a multitude of ethnic, religious and regional communities, some of which still exist today. This crucible of conflict, where former empires have frequently waged wars, has left a rich landscape infused with the symbolic and physical imprints of struggles over identity, diversity and tolerance. Study the key concepts— prejudice, insider-outsider, diversity, assimilation, collective memory, stereotype, symbolic capital, empathy, tolerance and compromise—that contribute to our understanding of what makes people 'Poles apart'.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Management
This course integrates entrepreneurship theory and practice in an interdisciplinary approach to develop an understanding of the creation and management of various types of entrepreneurial business. We will discuss new businesses, small and large businesses, and as well as family businesses. Case studies and guest speakers will cover innovation, idea generation, venture financing, financial analysis, market research, industry analysis, and strategic planning. The Polish economy is currently thriving due to foreign investment and successful EU development programs as well as due to Poland's unique position as a logistics hub at the EU's eastern edge.

Professional Internship
Extended dates apply (May 27 - Aug 7)
An extensive list of internships at NGOs, think tanks, museums, businesses, and media organizations. Knowledge of Polish language not required. Contact us for more information.

*** See for more information on all Summer 2017 courses and program details. ***

****Tiered group incentives from 3+ students applying to this program. ****