International Relations and Threats to Global Security (summer school)
This intensive and dynamic course involves academic classes, active group work, guest presentations and virtual field trips. It is ideal for students studying international relations, politics, security studies or policing, criminal studies, international relations, history or international law. The programme is ideally located for students to be able to gain a regional perspective on both the historical and modern aspects as well as military and non-military security threats to international security.
Why this program: This online course seeks to not only expand students understanding of the complexities of global security, but also seeks to pull on the strengths of having students from all over the world enrol. The course will encourage students to learn not just from their professors but also from their peers.
Learning outcomes: This program is designed to give students an understanding of some of the fundamental international security issues and their implications for Europe and the world, while also expanding intercultural connections.
Credits: Students will receive 8 ECTS upon successful completion of this course.
Dates and Fees
Dates: 4–25 July 2021
Cost: The cost of this program is €700
- All students who apply and commit by June 1 will receive a €100 discount
- An additional discount will be provided to students of Masaryk University. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Tuition for the summer school
- Virtual Site Visits (Radio Free Europe, UN, etc.)
- Masaryk University Transcript
Online classes will take place at 14:00 CET Monday-Friday for two hours. Students are expected to participate in the live lectures, however they will be recorded.
- Concept of Security and development of security arrangements
- Extremist threats and Military Sphere
- Energy Security
- Cyber Security
- Information Warfare
- Religious Radicalism and its threat for Europe
- Current security arrangements in Europe and its position in the world
- Refugee and Migration Crisis in Europe
Virtual ‘coffee hours’ will be offered throughout the week to provide a space for students to ask questions that may come up, and to get to have a chance to better know who is in the course. They are not required, but are encouraged.
This time is subject to change based on enrollment, in which case a class time will be agreed upon by all involved.
Final grades will be awarded using the A-F grading system. Grades are based on daily quizzes based on readings, participation in online courses, a final project, and a final paper.
The final group project is meant to showcase what students have learned over the course and apply their knowledge. Through working in groups, students will gain a valuable skillset in giving virtual presentations and will have the opportunity to work with people from different cultures, hence expanding their intercultural communication skills.
Meet our Team
Erin Anna SmithSummer School Manager
Petra Mlejnková is currently Head of Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Petra graduated in Political Science and International Affairs at the Faculty of Social Studies. Doctoral studies were successfully finished with the PhD thesis focused on international cooperation of European neo-Nazis. In her research, she focuses on political extremism and radicalism in Europe, prevention, processes of radicalization leading to violent extremism and processes of deradicalization. In her focus is also information warfare, disinformation and propaganda from a security perspective. Petra is the author and co-author of research papers. She regularly attends international conferences of political science and criminology associations. She is also a member of Radicalization Awareness Network and European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues.
Richard Turcsányi is a Key Researcher at Palacky University Olomouc, Assistant Professor at Mendel University in Brno, and Program Director at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS.eu). He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and further degrees in economy and political science. In past, he conducted long-term research stays at the University of Toronto, Peking University, National Chengchi University in Taipei, and the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He is an author of "Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea" and has published a number of academic articles and opinion pieces on Chinese foreign policy and relations between China and (Central and Eastern) Europe. He is a member of various networks focusing on contemporary China and EU-China relations, including European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC), China in Europe Research Network (CHERN), or Chinese Observers in Central Europe (CHOICE).
Miroslav Mareš is a professor of Political Science and the Guarantor of the Study Program Security and Strategic Studies, Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He was a consultant of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2008) and an advisor of the National Security Audit in the Czech Republic (2016). He is a member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENET) and he active in the Radicalisation Awareness Network of the European Union. He focuses on the research of political violence, extremism and security policy, namely in the Central and Eastern European context..
Marek Čejka studied law and political science at the Masaryk University, Brno. He worked at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic and now lectures at the Mendel University and Masaryk University. In 2001–02 he was fellow at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and in 2013–14 he was Fulbright Fellow in Hartford Seminary, USA. The main fields of his research are: the Middle Eastern conflicts, relation between religion and politics, international law, religious radicalism, terrorism. His books include Judaism and Politics in Israel (2002, 2009), Israel and Palestine (2005, 2007), Encyclopedia of the Middle Eastern Terrorism (2007), History of Modern Israel – Chronology” (2011), Rabbis of our Time (2010, co-author with R. Kořan), Quran, Sword and Ballots - Sources and Forms of Islamism (2020). Marek Čejka runs a widely acclaimed blog about the Middle East, available at http://blizky-vychod.blogspot.com.
Petra Vejvodová is currently Head of Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Petra graduated in Political Science and International Affairs at the Faculty of Social Studies. Doctoral studies were successfully finished with the PhD thesis focused on international cooperation of European neo-Nazis. In her research, she focuses on political extremism and radicalism in Europe, prevention, processes of radicalization leading to violent extremism and processes of deradicalization. In her focus is also information warfare, disinformation and propaganda from a security perspective. Petra is the author and co-author of research papers. She regularly attends international conferences of political science and criminology associations. She is also a member of Radicalization Awareness Network and European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues.
Martin Hrabálek focuses on the EU politics, mostly on migration and related issues, such as border management and cooperation with third countries on that matter. He published a book on FRONTEX, European Border Agency, and several articles on border protection and on migration discourse in the Czech Republic. He teaches at Masaryk University and Mendel University in Brno.
What does online mean at MUNI?
We recognize that students all over the world have had different experiences of what online classes mean. In this course, online instruction is meant to be both informative and interactive. Students will be expected to do the readings before the class, and to pose questions to the professors in their 250 word position papers. This will help guide the conversations to make the most of the online lectures.
Online live lectures will take place daily and students are expected to attend and participate. The professors will ask questions throughout the class to keep engagement high. The lectures will be recorded, if students are unable to attend live, however this will need to be agreed upon beforehand.