2018 Courses Listing
Summit students enroll in two non-credit courses: International
Relations in a Changing World and La Langue et La Culture Française.
To ensure the best learning experience possible, Tufts Summit
instructors bring enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of their
individual fields into the classroom. Courses are tailored to an
audience of high school students and to fit the short duration of
The International Relations course is taught by a former Tufts
instructor and graduate of Tufts Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy; La Langue et la Culture Française is taught by native
French speakers who have been working with the European Center, and
teaching French in the Summit program, for many years.
International Relations in a Changing World
This course, taught in English by a former Tufts instructor, is
designed to examine competing answers to the fundamental questions
challenging analysts of international affairs, such as: what should
provide the basis of world order: power, or law? What is the role of
the U.S. in supporting stability in global politics? Under what
conditions is it legitimate to use military force in foreign policy?
Is there a global obligation to protect human rights in sovereign
states? More than a tête-à-tête about current events, this
introductory college preparatory course will give students,
regardless of academic background, the theoretical frameworks to
think critically and speak intelligently about international issues.
Visits to various international organizations in Geneva, such as the
U.S. Mission to the U.N., the United Nations, and the International
Red Cross and Crescent Museum, accompanied by briefings by foreign
relations professionals, extend the topics of study beyond the
classroom. Various simulation exercises allow students to act as
decision makers on the international scene and experience the
difficulties of crisis management and conflict resolution.
La Langue et la Culture Française
This intensively interactive French language course helps students
expand their vocabulary and develop new ways to express and support
their opinions. Emphasizing listening comprehension and speaking, as
well as daily French usage, expressions, and pronunciation, the
course aids students in achieving linguistic proficiency and
enhances their cultural integration with the local host family.
Discussion is conducted in French in small groups.