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Political, Legal and Social Implications

Period

From 30 January to 10 February 2023 with students present in Trento, PLUS a 3-hour follow up workshop online on Wed. 22 February (time to be confirmed). 

Location

School of International Studies (SIS), Via Tomaso Gar 14, Trento

Contents

The Winter School deals with the legal and illegal circulation, detention and use of firearms both in Europe and at the global level, and related security and development challenges. Topics that will be discussed during the Winter School include:

  • transnational transfers and markets of small arms and light weapons;
  • the international and European legal framework applicable to the control of arms as well as States and corporate actors' obligations and responsibilities;
  • the role of the arms industry in national and European policymaking;
  • the nexus between weapons and the environment (i.e. the ecological footprint of arms);
  • the role of research and education in raising awareness on arms control among civil society.

The Winter School will be structured around lectures, seminars with practitioners, hands-on laboratories, and group activities.
Lectures will be taught by both SIS faculty members and external guests to ensure an interdisciplinary programme, a multiplicity of theoretical and methodological approaches, and a variety of case studies. Accordingly, the Winter School will adopt diversified teaching methods to ensure that every student is actively involved in the debates and the interactive parts of the classes.

The Winter School will also feature "creative happenings" which will value participatory and experiential learning methods (i.e. documentary screening, public outreach event), as well as meetings with relevant national and international NGOs.
The online follow-up will be a simulation exercise.
The Provisional program in the downloads. 

Workload and Credits

All lectures, seminars, laboratories, group activities and workshops will be taught in English.
There will be 7 hours per day of organized in person activities, including visits and excursions, and a post-Winter School online follow-up workshop lasting 3 hours
At the end of the whole programme, external participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS.
UniTrento participants will receive an Attendance Certificate and can enquire at the students' support desk if the extracurricular activity can be recognized in terms of credits or thesis points or extra credits, according to the rules of their study course.

Participant Background

The Winter School is open to up to 25 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (upper-level Bachelor's and all Master's students).
The Winter School is addressed (but not limited) to students in human and social sciences and it adopts a cross-disciplinary approach. For this reason, we welcome participants who are eager to enhance their inter-disciplinary competencies, provided that they can demonstrate some familiarity with the topics with which the Winter School deals.
A good level of English (minimum level B2) is needed.

Application process

Students coming from partner universities must first be pre-selected and nominated by partner universities. UniTrento will carry out a final screening of the applications.
External students from non-partner universities are selected by UniTrento only. 
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter when applying online.
A maximum of 2-4 UniTrento students can apply subject to available places.
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records), identity document and a motivation letter when applying online.
The Winter School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants, 80% of which international.

Deadlines

Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 October 2022 - few places still available!
Finalization of the online application for all students (including the upload of the CV, ToR ID and the motivation letter): extended 28 November 2022.
The online application tool is available in the section "Useful Links."
UniTrento students' applications: starting from 1 November if places are available
Final confirmation of admission: between 4 and 28 November 2022 
Payment of the fees: by 30 November 2022.

Participation costs

Students from UniTrento partners universities: 400 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
A maximum of 2 ECIU students are free of charge (selected among other ECIU students, on the basis of merit, academic profile and motivation letter). All other admitted ECIU students pay the university partner fee.
A maximum of 2 UniTrento students can apply starting from 1 November, if there are still available places. The participation cost is 100 Euros.
Payment details will be sent to admitted participants. 
The participation cost includes: lunch and dinners in the university canteen from Monday to Friday and a socio-cultural program consisting of: a guided visit of the town, a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, a one-day excursion and a half-day excursion, visit to a museum or other attraction.
Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts and weekend meals, insurance, visa and travel costs.
No scholarships awarded.
Cancellation: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious illness or a positive COVID swab test within the 48 hours prior to departure for Italy. No fees will be reimbursed if cancellation is for any other reason. 

Accommodation

All participants are responsible for planning and paying for their own lodging in Trento.
Details and possible housing solutions providing the Trentino Guest Card will be sent to admitted students.

COVID related measures

Please carefully inform yourself concerning any COVID related measures implemented at the national and international level via the websites in the Useful Links section.
Sudden travel restrictions, such as required quarantine, may be implemented without prior warning. 
The organization of the quarantine period, if any, is completely up to the students.

Academic Coordinators

Dr. Sondra Faccio and Dr. Alessandra Russo

Contacts

International Relations Division 
international [at] unitn.it