Since 2017 the University Centre Saint...

Since 2017 the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp coordinates a project steering group of professors from five partner universities who design the course modules, appealing to expertise from within the FUCE network.
The partners are Sarah Durelle-Marc of the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Lille (course I); Peter Hanenberg of the Research Center for Communication and Culture at the School of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon (course II), Ali Mostfa of the Center for the Study of Cultures and Religions of the Catholic University of Lyon (course III), Michael Shortall of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth in Ireland (course IV) and Patricia Santos Rodriguez of the Law Faculty of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid (course V).

The core focus of the course programme is on identifying the roots and routes of the European project and investigating how to valorize them in the contemporary globalized context. This involves a questioning of historical contexts, cultural canon, scientific approach, institution building and citizenship from a wider comparative and international perspective.

The programme consists of following five modules, structured in two parts:

PART I – Historical and Cultural Roots: Implications for Europe Today
I. Contribution of History to European Consciousness
II. Literature, the Arts, Translation and European Identity
III. The Influence of Europe in the History of Science

PART II – Social and Political Construction: Implications for the Future of Europe
IV. European Social Humanism
V. Democracy and Civic Engagement: Beyond Differences

Courses I, II and III form an essential basis for understanding how facts and fiction shape a mental geography with real impact in the world and how this legacy needs to be reclaimed and critically reinterpreted in light of the future.
Courses IV and V are inseparable from one another in their focus on the social and political dimensions of Europe, inviting a constructive reflection about the European model we want to build. It helps students to acquire a ‘mentality of social responsibility’ within European humanism, a new kind of citizenship that can help to overcome these challenges and contribute in an active way to an advanced European humanism, becoming active agents of change.

This five-course interdisciplinary programme (for 2nd and 3rd year BA level students), was presented at the conference of the General Assembly of the FUCE on May 16-17 2019, hosted by UCSIA at the University of Antwerp. A core programme was test-run by a team of 20 professors in a summer workshop in Gubbio (near Perugia) in Italy from 9 to 12 July 2018, hosted by LUMSA university. A next trial summer school with 24 students is planned for 8-12 July 2019. The outcome will be made available through the internet for professors from FUCE universities to use in their courses and through annual summer schools for students.