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Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity

As our hyper-connected world draws closer together, it falls to present and future generations to understand how this affects the political climate. Every aspect of our lives is intertwined with political decisions, as is our identity. But how can something as fluid and changeable as identity be the basis for political debate? What implications does our own identity have on our political beliefs, and how does our identity have an impact on and change the interpretations of others, and to what extend to they change our political establishments and conversations?

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (2 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 27 June - Thursday 8 July 2021*
    Housing dates: Friday 25 June - Friday 9 July 2021*
    Academic fees: €1350* read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €450* and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    Who is this programme for? For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in (identity) politics, political science, and the social and behavioural sciences in general

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.   

  • Programme description

    Participants in this course will examine the various threats and challenges to democracies around the globe. Our summer programme provides students with an international classroom: participants come from diverse backgrounds, creating an excellent space to explore the topic of identity and its impact on the political sphere, and to develop intercultural skills. Benefiting from insights from political science, sociology, and anthropology, this programme provides students with an interdisciplinary exploration of a timely topic in the social sciences. 

    In the first week of the programme, students will explore various aspects of democracy itself, and challenges to current politics in such as populism and social media, social inequality and the climate crisis.  In the meantime, participants are encouraged to actively reflect on the way their own cultural background influences their perspectives on these matters, as well as on the diverse, intercultural environment in Amsterdam. This enables participants to develop valuable intercultural skills. In the second week of the programme, we will explore aspects of democratic renewal and hope, such as social activism and new innovations in democractic processes.

    Over the course of two weeks, students will undertake a series of lectures and excursions that will delve into the heart of the issues at hand. Students will encounter Amsterdam as a living laboratory with a history and present that are deeply entrenched in local and global debates about democracy. From Amsterdam’s history as a global center of LGBTQI* movements and rights to the Dutch stance on the European migrant crisis, Amsterdam is a crucible for contemporary discussions of democracy. Through guided excursions, students will make the most of their time as both tourists and locals, exploring Amsterdam and current events from a variety of viewpoints and lenses.

    This programme is designed for high school students to experience studying in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at University.

  • Academic director

    Luuc Brans (MSc) is a PhD candidate at KU Leuven and is also a former lecturer at the UvA in Political Science. He studied political science and the sociology of culture at the University of Amsterdam, while also doing an exchange at the Free University in Berlin. Luuc is the Academic Director of the Pre-University Honours Programme in Politics and Identity. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in Nationalism Studies with distinction at the University of Edinburgh. Luuc’s research interest lies with nationalism and national identity in general, and the development of German national identity after the fall of the Berlin Wall in particular. As a political sociologist, he values interdisciplinary approaches.

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

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    Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Grace Forrest, who attended the Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity in summer 2018. 

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