CGP’s online students are meeting, learning and making connections together, as they take part in our week of in-house classes.
News from Sep 30, 2015
The Center for Global Politics is now well into our week of in-house classes. This period gives students from our International Relations and East European Studies online programs the ability to meet in person, opening up new opportunities for communication and peer learning. This week started off with a bang with an introduction to the campus of the Berlin Freie Universität, followed by a not-insignificant amount of socializing between the students.
Since then, the students have undertaken a number of modules on different topics and enjoyed the benefits that real face-to-face learning can bring. Some of the topics covered included a module on international law held by Prof. Andreas von Staden as well as a module of the enigma of Russian politics, chaired by Prof. Sergei Medvedev. As well, some students have taken part in a ‘Simulation Game’ over the course of the week where they attempt to work through the problems facing the EU Council with respect to asylum seekers.
The events will continue this evening whereby students will be given a chance to meet with the Program Director of the CGP, Prof. Klaus Segbers. This will then be followed by further opportunities for socializing between the students and faculty staff. The aim of these events is to provide an experience that goes above and beyond what can be expected from a traditional online course, in order to give students, in many ways the best of both worlds: distance learning and interpersonal contacts.