Diversity, interdisciplinarity and societal challenges

Arqus Winter School 2022

Winter School 2022

A challenge-based approach


The Arqus Winter School is the beginning of a unique educational journey. It will engage you as students in thinking about what it means to be a European Citizen, and how this citizenship is being galvanized around societal challenges. It is a challenge-based approach to educating critically engaged European citizens, and it is being run in parallel at all seven Arqus universities this semester.

Traditionally, concepts of citizenship have been connected to notions of territory and statehood and the implicit or explicit rights and responsibilities of people who live there. European citizenship necessitates reimagining this concept, moving away from concrete geographical boundaries and toward more abstract ideas and ideals suchas peace, prosperity and equality.

Contemporary universities have the power to make substantive contributions to discourses and models of active, engaged citizenship by developing interdisciplinary, challenge-based and student-led pedagogies that empower students to critically reframe, reflect upon and address the challenges we face today.

Key Principles


Engaged European citizenship

Challenge-based research

Transdisciplinarity

Student-led

The Winter School


The winter school brings together six students from each of the seven Arqus universities. It aims to invest these students with interdisciplinary research ideas, skills and resources to enable them to develop group research projects on diversity, interdisciplinarity and societal challenges. At some universities the six winter school participants might be the only ones taking this course, while at others the six students might be part of a larger class, and they will need to form research groups and relate their experiences to others in their class.

Setting the context: ‘Diversity’ and citizenship in a complex world

9:00 - 11:00

Lecture 1: Diversity of knowledge

Prof. Nielsen, University of Bergen

Lecture 2: Science and normative theory

Prof. Stelzer, University of Graz

Short break
Lecture 3: How to diversify political representation

Prof. Pates, Leipzig University

Moderated discussion

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 12:15

Ice-breaker: interdisciplinary perspectives on diversity

12:15 - 13:00

Reflections on interdisciplinary diversity tools, principles and framework

Prof. Nielsen and Prof. Grandin, University of Bergen

Lunch

14:30 - 18:00

Alhambra evening
Human and social diversity

9:00 - 11:00

Lecture 1: Social inclusion and diversity

Prof. Cascant, Jean Monnet University Saint-Étienne

Lecture 2: Sustainable business

Prof. Oželienė, Vilnius University

Short break
Lecture 3: Circular economy

Prof. Delgado-Márquez, University of Granada

Moderated discussion

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

Workshop on stakeholders' engagement (Part I)

Dr. Hoff, University of Graz

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop on stakeholders' engagement (Part II)

Dr. Hoff, University of Graz

16:00 - 18:00

Thematic excursion (Historical and Cultural Diversity). Granada
Biodiversity and geodiversity

9:00 - 11:00

Lecture 1: Geodiversity and its effects on the formation of the Biosphere and human cultures

Prof. Spiridonov, Vilnius University

Lecture 2: Biodiversity and climate change

Prof. Clark, University of Graz

Short break
Lecture 3: Geodiversity in Andalusia

Prof. Azor, University of Granada

Moderated discussion

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

Communication and dissemination workshop

Marina Fernández-Peña Mollá, University of Granada

Lunch

14:30 - 17:00

Thematic excursion: Divercity. Granada

Prof. Grindlay, University of Granada

Making connections: Diversity in coastal environments

08:30 - 18:00

Thematic excursion: Coastal diversity.

Prof. Delgado-Márquez and Prof. Grindlay, University of Granada

Geographical and Geomorphological diversity (by bus)
Maritime transport infraestructure (harbor)
Economic diversity (subtropical agricultural varieties and greenhouse agriculture)
Engaged European citizenship in a diverse world

9:00 - 11:00

Lecture 1: Citizenship and European Identity in Europe

Prof. Karolewski, Leipzig University

Lecture 2: EU as a global actor

Prof. Han, University of Padua

Short break
Lecture 3: Cities and migration

Prof. Healy, Jean Monnet University Saint-Étienne

Moderated discussion

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

Workshop: Engaging with diversity – principles of European citizenship in a diverse world

Prof. Han, University of Padua

Lunch

14:30 - 16:30

Thematic excursion: UGR’s cultural and diverse heritage
* This programme is scheduled according to the Central European Time (CET)

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