Sumarskóli Rannsóknaseturs um smáríki

Sumarskóli Rannsóknaseturs um smáríki 22. júní – 4. júlí 2015
Tveggja vikna krefjandi námskeið fyrir grunn- og framhaldsnemaSmall States Summer School in Iceland 2015
The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland offers an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on opportunities and challenges of small European states in the 21st century. The course brings together many of the leading scholars in the field of small state studies who have substantial knowledge in various diverse disciplines such as political science, economics, history, public policy and sociology. This offers an innovative and exciting forum to debate contemporary issues concerning small states.

The 2015 Small States Summer School will be held from Monday 22 June to Saturday July 4.

The summer school, titled Small States in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges, is organized around four interlinked pillars each identifying a specific set of challenges and opportunities for small states:

  • Pillar 1: The role of small states in European integration
  • Pillar 2: Good governance, innovation and entrepreneurship in small states
  • Pillar 3: Foreign policy and security challenges of small states
  • Pillar 4: Promoting sustainable development in small states


The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland organizes the Summer School in cooperation with five other universities who are leaders in the field of small state studies: The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews and the University of Malta. The Centre for Small State Studies is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Students enrolled in the course will gain:

  • Concrete knowledge concerning the challenges and opportunities of small states in Europe and how these states have been able to take advantage of the opportunities created by European institutional structures and political history. Students will furthermore gain critical insight into how these states seek to meet the challenges associated with new economic and security challenges, globalization and regionalization.
  • The competencies to independently analyze these opportunities and challenges and the responses by small states, including selected case studies.
  • The ability to critically reflect upon the opportunities and challenges of small European states and how they respond to these.


Course Requirements
The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Students are expected to be familiar with the main outlines of the European Union’s institutional structure and policy areas prior to the course. Students must also read the required reading assignment by each teacher. All students must have full command of the English language.

Course Evaluation
B.A. students: Journal (50%, 10-12 pages), Written examination (50%).
M.A. students: Journal (50%, 18-20 pages), Written examination (50%).
During the course, all students are required to attend all sessions, to undertake the reading assignments and hand in a journal. There will be a written examination at the end of the course on Saturday July 4.

Credits/Learning outcome
The course counts as 8 ECTS towards undergraduate and graduate studies. Qualification for the ECTS requires participants to attend all parts of the course. The home university may require additional coursework to make credits up to the number required by the home university for their own academic degree requirement.

Each partner university nominates up to four students to participate in the course. Travel and accommodation is covered by the grant from ERASMUS+. The nominated students must take care of planning their travel to and from Iceland and the Centre for Small State Studies will reimburse the air tickets upon arrival in Iceland. The Centre also covers the cost of accommodation for the duration of the course. Accommodation is arranged in guesthouses in Reykjavík. The rooms are booked from the night before the school begins until the night after the course ends, i.e. from 21 June to July 5.

Application process
Students from the five partner universities must apply directly through their own universities. Each partner university nominates up to four students to participate in the program based on a competitive selection process.

Contact persons:

University of Copenhagen – Anders Wivel
University of St. Andrews – Ian Taylor
Vilnius University – Margarita Šešelgytė
Tallinn University of Technology – Tiina Randma-Liiv
University of Malta – Roderick Pace

Students from the University of Iceland should apply directly to the Centre for Small State Studies by sending a statement of purpose, a CV and a recent transcript no later than February 17 2015 to

About the Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS)
The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland is a research centre and a public information and service provider. The Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS) is run under its auspices. The aim of the CSSS is to encourage research and education on the subject of small states. It has established itself as one of the leading research centres in the world focusing on this theme. The CSSS has received several grants from the European Union, the Nordic Council, and the Nordic-Baltic Council. Since 2003 the CSSS has run an annual summer school focusing on European integration and small states in Europe funded by an Erasmus grant. It has also received support from both private and public enterprises in Iceland. In 2013 the CSSS was awarded a prestigious Centre of Excellence grant from the EU and is now a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in Iceland.

The Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies is Pia Hansson. Project Managers are Jón Gunnar Ólafsson and Tómas Joensen. Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies, is the Programme and Research Director of the CSSS.

Contact Information
The CSSS offices are located on the University of Iceland campus, on the third floor of the building “Gimli”. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Phone numbers: +354 525 5262/+354 525 5841

Postal address:
Centre for Small State Studies
University of Iceland
Gimli v/ Saemundargotu
101 Reykjavík