SSE faculty Thomas Lavelle talks about the theme and approach to learning of the CIVICA European Week 2021.
European Week 2021
- Are you drawn to social engagement?
- Are you eager to work with international peers?
- Do you like to learn through projects and interaction?
- Do you think knowledge about how to manage one’s financial resources effectively is a public good to be shared equitably?
If you are a yes-person here, the CIVICA European Week is something for you.
At a glance
The CIVICA European Week is both a stand-alone learning event and a central element of the CIVICA Engage Track, a newly launched bachelor experience open to eligible students at the four participating universities:
- Bocconi University, Italy
- Sciences Po, France
- Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
- The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
When & where?
The European Week 2021 takes place on 8-11 June and is hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics. The European Week will be a fully digital event. A "hybrid" format might be available for students based in Sweden only (depending on current health regulations).
- Some 40 bachelor students from SSE, Bocconi, Sciences Po and LSE working together
- 8-10 partner organizations working with the dissemination of knowledge about household finances
- High-school students from the Stockholm area
- Expert lecturers from the participating universities, the financial industry and civil society
Your learning experience
Four days of intense learning by working in teams of students with various expertise (all areas of specialisation are welcome)
Four days of fast-paced learning to understand and improve how partner organisations work to share basic financial knowledge, including which stakeholders they reach, the channels they use and the obstacles they encounter
All guided by team tutors as you learn the context, understand the issues, engage with stakeholders, and produce a deliverable
- All done in a setting where you can meet socially with other students and the experts involved
- Day -1: Orientation for tutors & secondary-school students
- Day 1: Welcome, Lecture, Panel presentations, Introduction to micro projects & group work, (D)mingle
- Day 2: Lecture, Tutorials, Field work, Lecture, Student-led evening
- Day 3: Group work, Follow-up field work, Tutorial, Group work
- Day 4: Breakfast (D)mingle, Project presentations (or submissions), Debriefing sessions, Farewell
- Day 5: OPTIONAL day: student-led activitites
Topic of European Week 2021: Practical household finance
No one doubts that reading and writing, the components of traditional literacy, should be available on equal terms to all if we are to have a fair and equitable society. This is a cornerstone of our commitment to public education.
What then about “financial literacy”? This was initially defined as “the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage one’s financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security.”
Research shows that knowledge on this topic is generally low, and especially low among people who have had limited education opportunity or people with low incomes.
The CIVICA European Week 2021 aims to raise students’ understanding of this social challenge and support Stockholm-based organizations’ work to address it.
Reasons for you to participate
- highlight your commitment to civic issues
- do good together with fellow students from all over Europe
- have access to some of the best teaching institutions in Europe
- engage in field work, coaching, guest lectures, group work, experience sharing and creative events
More information about the European Week
Please contact your home university for more information about the European Week.
- Bocconi University: civica[at]unibocconi.it
- Sciences Po: civicaengagebachelortrack[at]sciencespo.fr
- SSE: civica[at]hhs.se
- LSE: global[at]lse.ac.uk
Photos: Juliana Wiklund, SSE