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The program of the AEMS summer school is adapted continuously to guarantee state of the art knowledge in terms of content and to offer the best possible experience! It comprises a preparatory phase and a lecture phase:
During the preparatory phase, students read recommended introductory literature and complete an exercise that prepares them for the contents discussed during the program. The lecture phase is split into 4 modules, building on the preparatory work. The summer school includes lectures, (panel) discussions and workshops such as simulation games to enable a deeper understanding of complex interrelationships.
The AEMS thrives on intercultural exchange and new perspectives our international participants bring into it. Therefore, the program fosters intercultural exchange and networking – during the program itself, but also via extra-curricular activities.
Have a look at the program of last year’s AEMS to see what’s in store for you: AEMS program 2021
Economics With Social And Ecological Values
Module 1 gives an overview of the current global socio-economic situation and discusses what makes transformation necessary. You will understand the connection between the idea of endless economic growth, system boundaries and climate change.
Society, Money and Institutions
Module 2 focuses on the role of money, international banking systems, financial markets and ethics in the monetary system. The main question here is “How can financial markets serve the broader interests of society rather than dominate them?”. Alternatives, such as complementary and regional currencies, are also discussed.
Towards A Social Ecological Economy
Module 3 is the heart of the Summer School. It enables you to view available alternatives for reforming the economic and financial systems from a holistic perspective. Areas discussed include democratic banking, de-growth, work reduction and sustainable agriculture.
Group Work Projects
Bringing about change is not an easy endeavor - cooperating and forming groups is essential. A part of Module 3 therefore consists of group work projects: The aim here is to develop a project for systemic change which addresses and overcomes a social, ecological or economic challenge. In addition to the group project, you will write blog posts that are published on our homepage.
Wrap-Up and Synthesis
Module 4 gives you an opportunity to reflect and consolidate the many issues and concepts you have heard of and experienced over the previous three weeks.