Tübingen, Germany

The Right to Disagree - Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in Europe Today

when 12 June 2023 - 7 July 2023
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2400

This program focuses on the importance of freedom of expression as a basic human right and as a core value of democratic societies in Europe today. Main questions are: How is freedom of expression under attack in Europe? What is populism and why is it a threat to democracy? What is the nature and intention of hate speech? How far should freedom of expression go? Courses will rely on various scientific perspectives to focus on the challenges that European societies face, especially populist parties, and movements.

In addition to these courses, the program offers students German language classes, an intercultural workshop that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout the summer school (and before), and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience local and student life in one of Germany’s most historical university towns.

The Summer School I (on-site) includes two parallel German language courses on proficiency levels A1 (no German knowledge) and A1-A2 (beginners). Participation in the German language course is compulsory. The courses will be taught by qualified instructors of the Department of German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programs. Through an intercultural and communicative approach students will be actively involved in class to encourage language learning. The focus will be on speaking and listening to improve students' language competence in everyday situations.

For participants with a higher German language level (B1-C1), we will offer the possibility of independently carrying out project work (or similar) in German in consultation with the T-IES team.

Target group

The T-IES Summer School I (on-site) is designed for advanced undergraduate and MA students (in their first year) from the social sciences and / or humanities with basic EU knowledge and a strong general interest in Europe and the EU. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.

Course aim

The aim of the program is to provide an informed and deep understanding of the right to freedom of expression in contemporary Europe and the challenge that (especially right-wing) populism presents today. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with theoretical and practical approaches to the implementation of this basic right and with the positive and negative aspects of European politics regarding this subject. They will be able to differentiate cases and topics at both the local and European level coming from a variety of societal backgrounds.

Fee info

EUR 2400: Early Bird application by January 10, 2023: €2,000

The price includes course fees, accommodation, and accompanying programme.

After successful completion of all requirements of the Summer School, students will receive a Certificate of
Attendance and a Transcript which shows the course titles, contact hours, the grading and ECTS credits earned.


Participants can apply for a partial financial support.