ETH2 - Good Governance and its Application to Modern Technology Policies
3 September - 10 September 2016
Hosted by ETH Zurich
High quality of the public sector is key for the welfare of economies and societies alike. It is essential for a well-functioning State and serves as an effective preventive measure against both national and international conflicts.
This summer academy starts out by introducing core concepts of modern State structures (such as separation of powers, administrative transparency, accountability or participation) and international relations.
It discusses the manifold challenges of today’s policy makers who are required to tackle problems in an ever more interdisciplinary way: interdependent social, economic, and environmental implications need to be taken into account for most of their decisions. In addition to this multi-dimensional nature, policies have also to be coordinated on the international stage.
During this summer academy, a particular emphasis is placed on policy questions concerning modern technologies such as information security, including cyber security, artificial intelligence or energy supply. Current global challenges such as global growth, climate change or international terrorism are highlighted under the perspective of policy.
To complement the course program, an introduction to negotiation theories, negotiation engineering and decision making will be given which can be put to use during a workshop of simulation of international negotiations.
Excursions are part of the program.
Target Audience / Prerequisites
Bachelor, Master and PhD students can apply.
This course is open to students from all fields of study with a pronounced interest in questions of public governance and technology policy.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Course formats are classical lectures, special lectures by distinguished invited speakers, group work, presentations of assignments, negotiation simulations, and excursions.
A reader will be distributed in due time before the beginning of the summer academy.
Active participation in all sessions is required to receive a course certificate.
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
2 ECTS - 60 contact hours (including classroom, reader and full day field trip)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
- Prof. Dr. Michael Ambühl, ETH Zurich
- Dr. Philip Grech, ETH Zurich
- Dr. Sibylle Zürcher, ETH Zurich
The course will take place in Magliaso, in the Southern part of Switzerland. Students will be accommodated in double bedrooms including bathroom.
Further information on the accommodation in the Centro Evangelico Magliaso can be found on this webpage: www.centro-magliaso.ch
Students must arrive on 3 September 2016.
Check-out date is 10 September 2016.
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Field TripMaximum CHF 200.-
CHF 700.- (This covers cost for 8 nights in double bedrooms with full board, local travel, and activities during the program, all of which are arranged by the course organizers.
Participants are responsible for paying and organizing their own visa (if required), health insurance, and their own transportation to and from Magliaso, Switzerland and their personal expenses.
Required and / or Recommended Insurance(s)
Health and accident coverage for the duration of the course is mandatory and participants will have to sign a liability release form.
Further Required Application Material
In portable document (pdf)-format:
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter
- Recommendation letter by your professor