HSE International Summer University to Offer Lectures in Partnership with Pompeu Fabra University
As a part of long-standing cooperation between HSE University and the Pompeu Fabra University, this summer, International Summer University in collaboration with Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) will organize a series of open lectures for participants of both summer programmes. Some of HSE Summer University courses are still open for registration.
Oksana Chernenko, Director for Innovations in Education, Director of International Summer University Programme
This new initiative of two summer programmes, International Summer University and the Barcelona International Summer School, actively implements an interdisciplinary approach, allowing participants to get acquainted with different points of view of leading experts on the issues that interest them.
The idea of holding joint courses appeared a while ago. Yet only now could it become the reality thanks to the new online format. Modern online educational platforms have provided an opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of summer courses’ classrooms in Moscow and Barcelona.
HSE Summer University professors were asked to choose a course of Barcelona International Summer School which they would like to participate in. Despite significant differences in the topics of the courses, HSE teachers have found interesting areas for cooperation with colleagues from UPF.
Professor Ilya Kiriya will give a guest lecture ‘Fake news in digital age: the problem of populism and complexification of politics’ as part of the BISS course "Brexit, EU and Global World: Current Challenges in European Politics and Society". The lecture will focus on the radicalization of political camps closely associated with rise of the new mass self-communication and digital personal media.
Professor Nadezhda Shilova's guest lecture during the BISS course "Time: Human Views on the Progress of Existence" will focus on economists’ thinking regarding time. Professor Shilova will talk about how people make choices and how time affects this process.
Pompeu Fabra University professors Andrea Noferini and Jordi i Garcia-Ojalvo will take part in two courses of HSE Summer University. Professor Andrea Noferini will give a lecture at the HSE Summer University course "Fake news, post-truth and digital media: Inquiry in relationship between media and politics". During the lecture, he will talk about populism in the EU and how it is affecting the process of European integration.
Professor Jordi i Garcia-Ojalvo will speak about the brain rhythms and human decision-making as part of the Behavioral Economics course. He will provide insight into the basic concepts of systems neuroscience that underlie human decisions, and talk about formal models of perceptual decision-making that enable us to identify and distinguish the biological correlates of both perceptual and cognitive biases.
Nadezhda Shilova, Associate Professor at the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism
As a person who teaches experimental skills, I'm really glad to be a part of the experiment that would, I hope, become our every summer routine. This year Professor Garcia-Ojalvo and me are introducing very special courses, where we combine methods and views from different sciences.
My course on Behavioral economics explains how people really feel the real world, how they think about it. The course will surely benefit from a lecture on the mechanics of the process, and I'm very excited to give the floor to Professor Garcia-Ojalvo, who is a specialist in this topic.
As for the course of Professor Garcia-Ojalvo, I hope my lecture on how economists THINK they think, will also give students more understanding on the analysis of the reality made by humans, especially what are the axioms and what is the logic that we have behind it.
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