Why a Political Science Summer School?
As an international student organization, IAPSS has the objective to network political science students from all around the world and foster socially responsible student activism, high academic proficiency and the enhancement of political science research throughout IAPSS Events, IAPSS Publications and IAPSS Membership and Career Services. To complete our portfolio of events, we have launched the IAPSS Seasonal Schools Program by 2014. From 2015 onward, one Winter and one Summer School are offered annually, aiming at providing high-quality academic learning and research as well as networking opportunities and academic exchange between political science students on the one, and scholars and professionals on the other hand.
Both schools benefit from an exclusive environment. A highly competitive selection of participants, the small size of the event and a familial atmosphere between attendees and lecturers create an empowering setting. Over the course of 1 1/2 weeks, participants challenge their academic knowledge and enhance their skills and understanding of research methodology and theoretical approaches in social sciences.
A Unique (Academic) Summer Experience!
A Summer School, longer than a conference and more intense by limiting the group of participants to about 50-60, provides a unique format in itself. Students of political science and related disciplines, pre-selected on the basis of a letter of motivation, a CV and an abstract outlining a research proposal in short, gather for the duration of ten days in a location perfect to live a unique summer experience. Together with experts from the academia, media, politics and civil society, participants examine, discuss and research on a specific topic. Methodology workshops are offered to strengthen the efficient use of skills and tools needed for academic research and learning in political science. And while institutional excursions provide a opportunity to meet with researchers and policy-makers, there are plenty of opportunities to discover the host city, the nearby environment and other destinations in the vicinity, next to a series of social events.
Leaving With An Own Publication
At the end, after ten days of lectures and seminar discussions, excursions and individual work, everyone leaves with an elaborated, well structured and thought through concept for a short research paper which shall be finished within a month from the end of the Summer School. Presentations on the research concept, its design and objectives are hold in a conference-style setting during the last day of the School. Also, selected papers will be considered for publication in a special edition of POLITIKON, one of IAPSS Journals.
2015: On San Servolo Island in Venice, Italy
The IAPSS Summer School 2015 will focus on “Megacatastrophies: From Disaster Prevention to International Security”, taking place on San Servolo Island in Venice, Italy, at Venice International University, from August 11th – 20th. Find all information on the School here.