European Environmental Studies
Munich - Berlin - Vienna [July 22. – August 16.(25.), 2013]
The program will not take place in 2013. We are very sorry but for internal reasons we have to cancel the summer academy.
Environmental Science and Environmental Humanities
We are pleased to welcome students from all over the world to the Munich International Summer University (MISU) in Germany.
The European Environmental Studies program takes place in Munich, Berlin and Vienna under the patronage of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich).
The European Union offers a most prominent example of how regional integration works. For 28 European states, supranational policy-making determines not only their political and economic systems; the global challenges of the 21st century also illustrate individual governments’ limitations of power. In the field of environmental policy the EU has clearly defined objectives such as confronting global climate change, protection of biodiversity and human health, and sustainable resource use. Experience in other fields has made EU policymakers aware that current regional and international environmental challenges require special attention: it needs to be a collaborative effort that takes into consideration the complexity of the topic. Within the EU, Germany has always played a key role in the field of environmental policy making.
The mission of this summer academy is to provide students with a broad understanding of how to balance social and economic needs with environmental realities, to discuss the creative use of resources for sustainable development, and to consider the role of environmental values in in drafting legislation and policy making. Students will develop a basic literacy in the political and natural sciences, as well as in the humanities in the context of environmental affairs. They will learn to identify research, analyze and evaluate environmental challenges.
Field studies, seminars and lectures are specifically designed to offer a balanced curriculum of theory, hands-on experience and applied knowledge. The combination of science and humanities is vital for a holistic understanding of the world. The in-depth study of environmental and social issues throughout the course will enable participants to develop the skills and competencies required for active engagement in the environmental concerns of our times. The course will specifically focus on environmental policy making, energy management, and environmental humanities.