Netherlands, Tilburg

Europe's Unity in Value Diversity

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 500

Europe is changing fast. Confronted with challenges like Artificial Intelligence and a continuing influx of refugees, public opinion is argued to become increasingly polarized, and that values have taken a more conservative turn. In this course, you will learn to address the impact of such challenges on individual values, attitudes and behavior.

Course aim

Succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stated that Europe is changing fast. Confronted with challenges like Artificial Intelligence and a continuing influx of refugees, public opinion is argued to become increasingly polarized, and that values have taken a more conservative turn. This Summer School course addresses the impact of such challenges on individual values, attitudes, and behavior.

Each day of this one-week course, an important social trend will be covered. Theoretical models allow you to understand these social trends better, after which quantitative strategies are shown and validated in computer labs to study social change.

Each day of this five-day course is dedicated to a specific empirical question. In the early morning sessions (8:45-10:30), the theoretical mechanisms are discussed. The late morning sessions (10:45-12:30) shows empirical strategies using European Values Study (EVS) data, a unique social survey project spanning four decades (1981-2017) and covering more than 40 countries. During the afternoon sessions (14:00-16:30) that will take place in the computer lab, students can replicate the empirical strategy or are able to work on their own research project. The Summer School is ended with a student symposium where students present the results of their research.



You will gain:
At the end of this course, you:

Are familiar with theoretical models explaining values patterns and value change;
Can link theory with empirical research strategies to study social change;
Have become acquainted with the European Values Study (1981-2017);
Are able to communicate empirical findings in a presentation (and blog).

Fee info

EUR 500: Course fee: €500

- 10% early bird discount when registering before March 31st, 2020
- 10% discount for students from partner universities*

*Combining discounts is not possible.

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