Pieter-Bas van Suijlichem: Criminal Justice Systems (2014) and Understanding Conflict (2015):
"The greatest advantage in my opinion of summer courses as compared to normal UCU courses is that they offer the possibility to dive into a subject thoroughly while being constantly interactive with your teacher and classmates who you will get to know quite well since you will spend a lot of time with them. Teachers and students alike acknowledge that the summer format leads to a type of dynamics that is different from the regular semester courses. 'Criminal Justice Systems' was taught by a prosecutor from Florida who was both eloquent and captivating and, not unimportantly, also took us to Frost to get ice cream when it was particularly hot. Alastair Reed's classes, in 'Understanding Conflict', were very relaxed: we began each week with small talk about weekend adventures, and he allowed us time to make good use of the summer sunshine. Both courses offered a balanced way of studying a particular field; they made for a unique bonding and instructive experience."
Niaz Ali Khan: Understanding Conflict (2015):
"I took a summer course called 'Understanding Conflict', which dealt with conflicts in India, Ireland, the Philippines and the Congo. One of my reasons for following a summer course was that a 3 month vacation can become somewhat boring, and a summer course is a great way to get your mind to work and give yourself a regular schedule. Having just one course to focus on also gave me an opportunity to process the material better without feeling distracted, and personally that meant I was more immersed in class discussions as well. There was sufficient spare time during the course to do whatever I wanted after my readings too, so it did indeed feel like summer with the right amount of mental stimulation."