The innovative and interdisciplinary programme of the Summer School complies with the priority assumptions of the policies of the European Union, LLP Erasmus and Erasmus Intensive Programmes. The ”Human Security in the Contemporary World” is an area of knowledge that is hardly included in the agenda of studies carried out by the new members of European Union. The aim of the studies is to present the issue of security of an individual in a complex and multidimensional way analysed from different academical ﬁelds, such as, economical, enviromental and sociological perspectives that can inﬂuence on life in general.
Also the students will improve their analytical sense of perceiving the problems on the Public Departments, such as the failures on Social Security. The programme has been prepared in order to:
- pass the cross-discplinary knowledge to the students;
- develop cooperation between university institutions, social partners, local governments, NGOs and enterprises, that could eventually bring opportunities for the students to enhace their skills by participating in the routine of such places;
- enable development of new learning concepts in multinational groups;
Students who will participate in the course will gain unique skill enabling them using and passing the knowledge at their universities, in the area of social practice and economy practice. Thanks to the work of the students and the lectures carried out in multinational groups, the Summer School will provide a perfect environment for the exchange of experiences and will enable gaining skills in the ﬁeld of work on international groups.
Project Objectives and Innovative character:
Life in the modern world offers better development opportunities, but it is also more dangerous for individual human beings and the society as a whole. Partners have a long experience in conducting research and they offer studies on speciﬁc aspects of human security, but their curricula hardly ever take into considerations various aspects of security. None of the European programmes of studies presents the problem of human security in such a complex and interdisciplinary way, especially in the international context. This issue becomes more and more often a subject of interest of students and lecturers, and we have repeatedly raised this problem in a subsequent editions of Summer School organised by our faculty since 2005 and concerning sociological and economic aspects of life in the global world.
1. Familiarizing students with issues of human security in the contemporary world.
2. Interdisciplinary cooperation and dialogue on social, economic, environmental, public and network security.
3. An attempt to work out common solutions based on international experience.
The expected results of the Summer School are that the participants would learn how to identify and analyse the threats appearing in their local and wider environment. Thanks to their work in multicultural teams, students will learn to see problems from various perspectives. Additionally, they will develop new skills in the ﬁeld of syntactic perception. To sum up, in the effort to make the Summer School Programme more effective as well as interesting for students, we have developed an innovative step-by-step methodology which can be described as a combination of lectures, workshops, ﬁeld classes with use of the newest IT tools.
The objectives are:
1. Introducing students to the area of widely perceived problem of human security, public safety, social problems, natural environment protection and dangers connected with energy production policy in the contemporary world.
2. Building cooperation and knowledge enrichment as the result of mutual relationships established as the project outcome.
3. Gaining abilities to recognize and analyze mentioned problems as vital for international community using interdisciplinary perspectives of different socities and cultures.
The programme is addressed to academic teachers and students of economics, sociology, international relations, law, at the BA, MA and PhD level from the countries that hold EUC, giving them a chance to increase their knowledge by exchanging the same, also giving for those distinct countries a new parameter of research and study.
1. Participants’ presentations of the human security problems crucial for their countries.
2. Activity within international groups focused on discussing and case studies connected with mentioned topics.
3. Final presentations encompassing outcomes of their Summer School activities and commonly accepted conclusions that relate to human security dilemmas. In order to achieve projects objectives, the courses will partly take place outside the HEI. Field courses in Silesia are focused on presenting negative results of coal exploitation for a long period of time (natural enviroment pollution and danger of inhabitants health). Silesia is the greatest coal basin in Poland that encompasses many mines and power plants in one place. The trip to Czorsztyn, retention reservoir is aimed at participants’ acquaintance with energetic security problems (electric energy production by water power plant located in the dam of Danabe) and preservation from ﬂoat danger of the areas of high natural and touristic values by gathering of seasonal river overﬂow. We cannot forget the social and economical aspects of the region that show a considerable number of unemployment and poverty to be studied and analysed.
Students who complete the Summer School project will achieve abilities to identify and analyze dangers arisin in the local and translocal level, making recommendations that refer to local and translocal problems. As the result of activity in international groups, the students will also achieve and enroll the abilities of perception the discussed problems from the multidimentional standpoint. Additionally they will improve their skills of synthetic thinking of presented issues and their presentation. As the expected output of HUM project there will be created the document that encompasses plenty of recommendations relating to human security issues on local and translocal level. The project website: www.eksoc.uni.lodz.pl/summerschool that enables to share opinions, initiate discussion and reach ﬁnal conclusions will be provided.