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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsSummer Schools by interest

Social Sciences and Law

Children's Right to Participation

11 - 17 June 2017, Groningen

children in a school

During this summer school students learn to analyse and discuss pressing and thorny problems regarding the children’s right to participation. They get acquainted with legal, ethical, logical, historical and empirical aspects and ways of analyzing, judging, and deciding.

One of the questions that will be considered is what the right to participation means for the right to education.

Traumatized Cities

19 - 24 June 2017, Medellín, Colombia


Are you interested in cities and urban life? Are you fascinated by highly complex cities such as Medellín (Colombia) or Santiago de Chile (Chile) and in the way such cities shape our social and cultural imaginations? Are you wondering how cities have been able to cope with war, disaster, violence and conflict? Then this summer school is the perfect occasion for you to engage with these and other questions.

Situated in one of the world’s most resilient and haunted cities (Medellín, Colombia), this summer school explores the nature of the urban condition before, during and, especially, after traumas.

Light the way
Photo Credit: Marisol Grandon / DfID / CC BY-SA*
This summer school, organized by the Department of International Law, aims to explore the contribution of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs set 169 targets for advancement, including universal access to food, water, health care and education; the sustainability of economic growth; ensuring protection of the environment; and the promotion of peace and justice. These goals intend to ameliorate everybody’s lives, in particular by ending extreme poverty, eradicating inequalities and injustice, and addressing environmental problems and climate change.

Healthy Ageing

3 - 7 July 2017, Groningen


Ageing is related to problems both at societal as well as at individual level. Healthy ageing is part of the solution, and various disciplines are engaging in healthy ageing research, including social sciences, demography, biomedical sciences, and public health. The main goal of the Healthy Ageing Summer School is that students gain insight into the healthy ageing obtained by these different disciplines, ranging from cell to society.

Gender and Academia

3 - 7 July 2017, Groningen

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This summer school will engage with issues of representation and inclusion in academic settings and aims to enquire about the responsibilities of academic thought towards societal issues.

Diversity and inclusion are key terms in many universities’ strategic plans. But are they being realised? Are we narrowing the gender gap and advancing diversity in practice in academic settings? Is the university engaging sufficiently with diversity and gender questions? And what are we working towards: what does an inclusive academic community look like?

Illicit Trade

3 - 8 July 2017, Groningen

piles of money
Photo credit: US department of Justice

This unique summer school course pierces this value of secrecy and teaches students about financing and trading not only through theory and book study, but by learning the actual practices and techniques criminals, terrorists, and dictators use to obscure their profits and evade accountability for their actions, and the corresponding techniques to counter them.

Transitional Justice & the Politics of Memory

3 -13 July 2017, Cres, Croatia


Key themes of the course are:

  • Democratic Transitions, Human Rights, and the Role of External Actors
  • Justice and Accountability
  • Politics of Cultural Memory
  • Social Movements, Arts and Youth in Transitions
  • Conflict, Migration and Identity Politics

Experiments in Developing Countries

8 - 15 July 2017, Groningen

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In this summer school we will discuss major aspects of experimental design in the context of development projects. Special attention will be given to microfinance projects. The aim is to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of field experiments in developing countries.

Students will learn how to design randomized experiments, quasi-experiments and so-called lab-in-the-field games. We will also explain how to analyse the data and interpret the findings.

Law and Lifestyle

10 - 14 July 2017, Groningen

hammer and stetoscope

This summer school promotes understanding about how law and policy can best be framed to address the global increase in chronic diseases. Taking a human rights approach, key focus areas include securing equitable access to essential medicines, as well as possibilities to regulate behavioural risk factors, in particular smoking and unhealthy diets.

Hope of the nation - tshirt

Young people play a crucial role in (post-)conflict areas. Education can be decisive for them to gain skills and an income, as well as self-esteem as they contribute to the community. Setting priorities in this respect is not an easy task for educational professionals at different levels.

This summer school will bring together researchers, practitioners and students from (post-)conflict countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo and Colombia to share (research) experiences and develop new perspectives.

harmony building

This 6th summer school in a highly successful series discusses energy transition ‘in your own backyard’. In the fossil fuel based energy system citizens and local companies play a passive role as consumers of fuels, gas and electricity. Renewables challenge this in multiple ways. The implications of renewable production tend to be contested, often in ‘not in my backyard’ (NIMBY) terms. Alternatively, households, companies and communities gain new opportunities to produce their own energy as active prosumers. This holds promises both in the Global North and in the South for ‘yes in my backyard’ (YIMBY) developments.

What About the Family?

21 - 26 August 2017, Groningen

kids in a row

This summer school will explore new theoretical and practical approaches to address the challenges posed by responsibilities generated by new forms of healthcare and social care practice.

In particular, we will examine the significance of people’s key relationships (such as with family and community), and how people deliberate and decide about their responsibilities.

The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy

21 - 25 August 2017, Groningen


This summer school strives to gain insight into child and family policy and practice and the future scenarios of child welfare in Europe. You will gain a broad understanding of the scope, causes, ethical issues, consequences and ways of intervening with children and families. The interrelationship of social values, culture, and child welfare policy will be analysed.

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Key themes of the course are:

  • Local economic development alternatives
  • Village life: family, community, culture
  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Governance: interaction local - national
  • Population, health, migration and urbanization
  • Group-based fieldwork in selected villages

Religion, Conflict and Peace

14 - 18 August 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

religion symbols

The presence of religion in the public realm has become commonplace. Conflict and peace, at local, national and international level are two dimensions associated with religion that continue to be critiqued by both scholars and practitioners. However, many questions remain unanswered. This summer school will provide a platform for theoretical, comparative and practical reflections and discursive critique on religion, conflict and peace. It will interrogate how religion, conflict and peace are conceptualized and applied at local, national and international level.

Humanitarian Engineering

8 - 12 May 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

red cross rescue action

The RUG-TAMUQ school on Humanitarian Engineering will introduce students to the topics of engineering, analysis and ethics in the realm of international humanitarian action. These topics form a natural bond in that engineering solutions need to respond to an actual and well-researched humanitarian crisis and are required to comply with a specific set of ethical guidelines.

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