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Security and Society
A Flexible Course for the Modern Age
in the Heart of Central Europe
 

Security and Society is a wide-ranging program designed to take full advantage of Poland's many educational opportunities and provide students with a new perspective on global issues. This program is both an intensive and flexible experience - and one that is highly supportive of opportunities for personal and professional growth, including focussed research, internships, and independent travel in the region.

The semester offering focuses on Security and Society in the Information Age. We examine current issues such cybersecurity, information warfare, and how new and social media are changing the face of modern democracies. The Summer School session takes a broad but intensive approach looking at traditional and contemporary security issues. These range from maintaining international partnerships to developing domestic criminal justice and healthy ecological, demographic, entrepreneurial, and civic environments. Both semester and summer sessions offer a look at a case-study of one of the worst security failures of modern history: the Holocaust.

Security and Society is based in Warsaw, Poland, an excellent vantage to study all these issues. Poland was partitioned and dominated by foreign rule multiple times and suffered some of worst atrocities of WWII and the Holocaust. Taking its security issues particularly seriously, Poland has, in its post-Communist era, rapidly improved its economy and ecology, worked to build inclusive political and civic structures, and has taken active leadership roles in its region and in the wider EU.

This program is for students of a range of disciplines - from sociology/political science and journalism to history, business, and computer science - who are interested in better understanding security issues as they exist in today's world. This program is excellent preparation for a range of graduate programs, including security  studies, homeland security, international relations, urban planning, and law enforcement. Students will gain a powerful understanding of the modern world, often through the lens of history. 

This program offers a wide range of internship opportunities in areas related to all of the fields of study offered. Knowledge of Polish language is not required.



 

- Full Details -

Full details for both the
semester and summer options of this program
may be found below.

Semester / Full Year Program
Security and Society in the Information Age
Dates, Costs, and Curriculum

- Dates and Costs -

Semester: $9,750
     Fall, 2016: TBA  (Apply by May 15, 2016)
     Spring, 2017: TBA  (Apply by Nov 20, 2016)

Note on Fall Semester: dates follow the Polish academic schedule. Exams may be taken early (as early as December 20) or remotely if students need to return home earlier. Contact SRAS to find out how.

Full Year: $18 500
TBA  (Apply by June 25, 2016)

 

- Course Descriptions -
full descriptions also available in PDF (7 MB) 

Required Seminar (choose one):

New Media and Society
The seminar discusses the multiple connections between media, technology, and society. How is the media shaped by cultural, political, and economic forces? How do new technologies (ICTs) change the media, society and the relationships between them? New media are helping to shape our understanding of ourselves, our society, and our world. Our new society cannot be fully understood without an understanding of new media. 
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Cybersecurity and Information Strategies
This seminar will encompass some of the most pressing issues of the changing landscape of international security. Students will analyse the evolution of threats on the national and international levels. They will engage in research on national and international cybersecurity, including cyberspace as means of mass communication and a way to influence political processes. They will also discuss changes to conflict management and strategy in both kinetic conflicts and asymmetric conflicts affected by the introduction of advanced communications and command and control systems to the modern battlefield.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Jewish Studies
Field trips, film viewings, and meetings with the witnesses of history will be held and discussed. Many topics presented during lectures and field trips will be highly controversial and students will be encouraged to ask and discuss difficult questions. This seminar will also be a forum to discuss the personal essays that will be written for all other courses in program.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

 

Electives: You may select up to nine electives per semester for a full-time load of 30 ECTS (15 US semester credits).

Required Core Electives (choose at least two related to your seminar choice):
Students may select any courses from the list below.

New Media

New Media and Democracy: Case Studies
This course will analyze digitally-mediated protest movements in post-communist Europe, including in recent events in Ukraine, as case studies for understanding modern processes of democratization. We will look at state propaganda in the digital age, analyze comparative data on regional Internet penetration, trust toward the media, human rights rankings and other relevant research data to better understand the link between new media and democracy.  
4 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

New Media in Socio-Political Context
Digital natives (persons born into the digital society) are changing the old paradigm of politicians, journalists and campaign organizers reaching for the undecided center with the help of the old media (radio, TV, newspapers, and traditional advertisements). Facebook and Twitter “armies” move campaigns, revolutions, and political movements, and even play a role in military conflicts. New media is reshaping the way we think about rights, privacy, and political ideologies. This course will focus on theory and case studies.
4 ECTS credits.
** Prerequisites: none

  

Cybersecurity and Information Strategy

Theory of Information Strategy
Focus on modern information security threats and gain insight into disinformation and propaganda issues. This course will also encompass information asset protection, confidential information and counterintelligence. It will take into consideration new technologies influencing gathering, processing, and distributing governmental and commercial information.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Cyberspace as a New Security Domain
Explore the intertwined functioning of “real life” and “virtual reality” in physical, technological, political and social dimensions. Gain insights into net-centric warfare and use of new technologies in law enforcement activities.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Terrorism and Other Threats to International Security
Study international terrorism as one of the most prominent modern threats to national and international security. This course will introduce the international security environment of new, non-state actors, changes to international law, changes to national security systems, and the especially dangerous asymmetric dimension of terrorism.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

 

Jewish Studies

Holocaust and Genocide
This course will combine lectures on the genocidal ideology and practices of Nazi Germany towards the Jews with field trips to the sites connected with Holocaust. We will also meet with witnesses of history, including Holocaust survivors, and view films and hold discussions on related topics.  
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

History of The Jews in Poland
Run jointly by the Collegium and The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, this course will present history of the Polish Jewish population which in fact will be history of Jews as such because for many centuries the vast majority of the world Jewish population was living in the territory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This course will also include field trips to the places connected with the Jewish history.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Foreign Security Policy of Israel
This course will present Israeli foreign policy from the viewpoint of the security of the Jewish state, discussing both Arab-Israeli relations as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the efforts to solve or manage it. The main stress will be put on the threats and opportunities created by the Arab Spring and related developments.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

 

Other Electives (optional):
Students may select any courses from the list below and from a current (extensive) list of all Englsh-language electives offered by Collegium Civitas.

Polish Language
Small, intensive classes focused on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper levels include literature and/or language of the media or security.
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Yiddish Language 
Small, intensive classes focused on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper levels include literature and/or language of the media or security. 
3 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none  Additional Cost: contact us.  

Intensive Beginning Polish Language
Arrive a month early and take a crash course in the local language! This optional course will deliver 100 hours of Polish language study - enough for you to gain basic skills before beginning your program.
6 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none  Additional Cost: $1500; must arrive one month prior to semester start.   

Professional Internship
Participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization, think tank, museum, or media organization. Internships are supervised by CC staff and faculty. Optional academic credit can be awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a regular journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective may limit other class options due to a more intensive schedule.
3-6 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none  An extensive list of example placements can be found here.

Research Project
Conduct field or archival research in Poland in cooperation with the Museum of the History of Polish Jews or Auschwitz Museum. Students will submit a project proposal in advance, which will be discussed with CC faculty to hone methodology and focus. The project must result in a paper of at least 15 pages.
3-6 ECTS credits.** Prerequisites: none

Summer Program
Security and Society Summer School
Dates, Costs, and Curriculum


- Dates and Costs -

     May 27 - July 7  (Apply by March 15, 2016)
Cost: $6495
full descriptions also available in PDF (7 MB)

 

- Course Descriptions -

  • Select two courses and two back up courses. Courses offered are subject to minimum enrollment and so all students will be asked to choose two backup courses in addition to their two primary selections.
  • Each course is 3 US semeser credits. Earn 6 US semester credits total, up to 8 US semester credits with internship.
  • Each course includes one travel segment (3 days) to relevant locations outside Warsaw. Destinations may include, but are not limited to Berlin, Krakow, and Gdansk.
  • Each student will also attend a Regional Introduction Seminar with introductory lectures on the history, geography, current events, and basic language (Polish), and a local cultural/excursion program. 

Polish Language  
This small group course is an intensive immersion into the Polish language. 60 hours of small group study with active language activities in the city. Students seeking to continue their study of the Polish language may do so with individual (one-on-one) throughout the remainder of the Summer School and should contact SRAS for more information. 3 credits.

Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe 
Through an understanding of history, this course offers a rich, entertaining, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive insight into the culture, politics, and modern life of Central Europe. Study Central Europe's important place in historical European conflicts, it's major contributions to modern science and culture, and its deep Jewish cultural heritage. It will look at Poland's post-1989 economic success, its role in EU migration and ecological issues and other current events. 3 credits. 

Crossroads II - Security Issues and Central Europe  
The growth of NATO and the EU has been seen in the West as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tends to view it as "encirclement." This course will examine the complex historical roots of these conflicting stances and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss intelligence, hybrid war, cybersecurity, energy and other natural resources, and the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security. and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders. 3 credits

History of WWII
Travel through Germany and Poland, getting a close-up view of where WWII started. Trace the rise of Nazi Germany starting in Berlin, with visits to the Olympic Stadium and the Reichstag. Uncover the Third Reich’s exploits and horrendous atrocities across Europe at Auschwitz and Warsaw. See firsthand how the area has rebuilt and attempted to heal past wounds. View cathedrals and Teutonic castles along the way, and hear from special guests about what life was like at such a pivotal time in world history. 3 credits.

Jewish Heritage  
Poland once housed a majority of the world's Jews and today, 70 percent of the world's Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. This course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. It will also examine the influence of the Polish Jews on American culture and their contribution in forming the Israeli  identity. The course will be co-directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and Dr. Jolanta Zyndul, Senior Historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 3 credits.

Elites and Politics in New and Old Democracies
Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. This course introduces the concept of elites together with its contemporary theoretical framework and outlines the patterns of elite and social-political transformations in CEE (including Russia) as well as the old democracies (such as the US). The course is designed for higher-level undergraduate and advanced (postgraduate) students. 3 credits. 

Poles Apart: Identity, Diversity, Tolerance
Located at a crossroads between East and West, Poland's geographical position and unusual political setup have historically forged a multitude of ethnic, religious and regional communities, some of which still exist today. This crucible of conflict, where former empires have frequently waged wars, has left a rich landscape infused with the symbolic and physical imprints of struggles over identity, diversity and tolerance. Study the key concepts— prejudice, insider-outsider, diversity, assimilation, collective memory, stereotype, symbolic capital, empathy, tolerance and compromise—that contribute to our understanding of what makes people 'Poles apart'. 3 credits.

Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy 
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity as a domestic and international policy issue; we will focus cybersecurity's role in a functioning state rather than discuss the details of software and hardware in-depth. We will examine different dimensions of cybersecurity: inter-state, transnational, civil, economic, terrorism, espionage, corporate and individual. We will discuss contemporary cybersecurity strategy studies and related policies. Perhaps most importantly, we will discuss why the European Union, NATO, or other international organizations have failed to set an effective framework for combatting cyberthreats. 3 credits.

Crime and Punishment in Central/Eastern Europe 
This course will overview a number of important popular criminological issues within socio-political and economic contexts. Poland will serve as a case study of how criminal justice operates in Central-Eastern Europe and will be contextualized against three distinctive periods in Polish history: under socialism / communism; in the transition period from 1989 – 2004; and after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. 3 credits.

Building Blocks: What Cities Tell Us about Society, History, and Change  
Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. After the devastation of WW2 and after the the fall of the communist regimes, cities have changed their looks, monuments, and place names. In this course we will ask many questions about what a city is and how it funcitons. Who are the main actors in the shaping and reshaping of a city? How can historical preservation and economic development be balanced? How can competing interpretations coexist? What is the relationship between urban changes and broader social, cultural, and political transformation? 3 credits.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Management
This course integrates entrepreneurship theory and practice in an interdisciplinary approach to develop an understanding of the creation and management of various types of entrepreneurial business. We will discuss new businesses, small and large businesses, and as well as family businesses. Case studies and guest speakers will cover innovation, idea generation, venture financing, financial analysis, market research, industry analysis, and strategic planning. The Polish economy is currently thriving due to foreign investment and successful EU development programs as well as due to Poland's unique position as a logistics hub at the EU's eastern edge.

Professional Internship 
Those choosing a Professional Internship for the second session elective will have extended dates abroad (May 27 - Aug 7). Costs are the same, with all services included.
An extensive list of example placements, available at companies, NGOs, think tanks, museums, and media organizations can be found here. Supervised by the internship coordinator at Collegium Civitas, optional academic credit can be awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a regular journal and final paper. One credit is awarded for every 50 work hours. A wide range of internship opportunities are available in areas related to all courses on this summer program. Knowledge of Polish language not required. Contact us for more information about internship placements. Up to 5 credits.

Professional Internship - Other options
Contact us about custom internship dates and conditions.

 

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For more on funding for all SRAS programs, click here. Of special interest may be: Explorer Grants ($1500-3500); The Braver Grant ($500); Group incentive (5%) for groups of 3 or more students applying together; and grants for those who have served active military duty or who receive Boren, FLAS, or Gilman scholarships.

 

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Details

*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, round-trip airport transfers, cultural program, and SRAS in-country support. During the summer school, accomodation, Warsaw transport pass, and breakfasts are also included.

*Visa: Students are responsible for securing their own student visa for Poland. A letter of support will be provided by Collegium Civitas and SRAS will provide guidance. As is the case with many EU countries, you will likely need to visit the nearest Polish consulate for an interview. Note that a visa is only necessary for programs over 90 days in duration.

*Program dates: Note that the standard fall semester officially runs until the end of January. Students are welcome to either stay this full period or to arrange for early exams and depart by late December or early January.

*Housing:
- Housing is not included in SRAS semester program costs in Poland. It is included in summer programs during all courses with the exception of internships.
- Housing options include shared apartments and private apartments. Costs are estimated at approximately $300/month (shared apartment) - $750/month (private apartment), subject to change based on exchange rates and availability.

*Prerequisites: Participants 18 years of age and above are encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of Polish language not required.

*Language: All sessions are in English; some discussions may be facilitated by an interpreter.

**Credit Transfer and Transcripts: Transcript of study is provided by Collegium Civitas. Credits are noted in ECTS. 2 ECTS credits = 1 US semester credit. Full time is generally considered 30 ECTS credits per semester - approximately 7-10 courses.