The Summer School draws on the experience and expertise of teachers as developed within their home universities.

The School is strongly multinational and interdisciplinary, with five different disciplines represented on the Academic Committee (Anthropology, History and European Studies, Law, Political Science and Sociology). The teaching blocks within each summer school and the teachers will be selected so as to introduce students to the full range of these disciplines. Students will themselves be selected from different disciplinary backgrounds.

We encourage participants to share perspectives from different national and disciplinary contexts. The Summer School will be based on team teaching, involving teachers working with colleagues from different universities in a collaborative and interactive way to provide insightful teaching. The teaching format facilitates the interaction between teachers and students, both during formal teaching and by providing extra-curricular forums for interaction. This is an exciting opportunity for the teachers to learn themselves from their colleagues and from students, and for the students to benefit from this. Reading materials will be circulated in advantage (via this website) and students will be expected to read these so that they can participate in the lectures.

There will be an emphasis on student teamwork and oral presentations during workshops. Each teaching block will involve more intense small group work in workshops, where students will be given tasks to accomplish in teams and will be expected to report back to the group. This will develop certain generally transferable skills, such as teamwork and oral communication skills. Moreover, students are expected to keep a reflective online journal on what they have learned during the summer school.

The teaching is linked to local contexts. Each location has been selected because of the local relevance of the themes. Student and teachers will visit local areas, and meet with local actors. This will give the summer school an innovative aspect: the students will be able to ‘see’ the issues, which they are discussing in class in the real world, and will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with local actors. This year, there will be field visits to gain a broader understanding of how the topic of fraternity plays out in the everyday lives of different communities in Antwerp.