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Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity

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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 do they change our political establishments and conversations? This summer programme will bring together high school students from across the world to study an important topic at the university level.

  • Dates, tuition, and deadlines
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (2 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 19 June - Thursday 30 June 2022*
    Housing dates: Friday 17 June - Friday 1 July 2022*
    Academic fees: €1400* read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees: €400* Registering for housing is mandatory. Read more about university-organised accomodation.
    Early admission deadline: Tuesday 1 February 2022. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Final admission deadline: Friday 1 April 2022.
    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 will be finalised by 1 December. 

  • Programme description

    Trump! Brexit! Black Lives Matter! Many of today’s political developments seem to revolve around identity in more ways than one. While some acknowledge the importance of identity politics in an age with growing inequalities, others argue that focusing on identity in the political arena distracts from the “real cause” of contemporary political anger: economic inequality.

    In the first week of this summer programme, we will examine the concept of identity through an academic lens, and analyse how it intersects with other important concepts such as culture, class, race and ethnicity. In the second week, we will turn to current political debates that are strongly steered by ‘identity politics’, most dominantly those around populism, globalization and antiracist social movements.

    In our lectures, the students will be given the theoretical background to participate in empirical discussions that will be the basis of our interactive online seminars and class debates. In these sessions, students will work together to disentangle empirical manifestations of identity politics, unravelling how both are so closely bound together. Students will use their home context as nodes that are deeply entrenched in local and global debates about democracy. 

    Students will experience studying in a supportive international environment hosted by 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 at the University of 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. 

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 0 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June