About the ESSCS

Teaching Concept

The European Summer School in Canadian Studies offers an academic programme in Canadian Studies, which combines a master-class format (including case study units) with independent study and a cultural programme. The schedule alternates between plenary or input sessions and group work to enhance students’ active participation. Students conclude the programme with a portfolio that collects preparatory activities, results from on-site activities, general and particular tasks across different disciplines and a final, evaluative reflection on the programme. The European Summer School in Canadian Studies offers students from various disciplines the possibility to enrich their previous expertise and to develop interdisciplinary and transferrable skills.

Certificate in Canadian Studies

The programme is compatible with various MA/MEd curricula and PhD programmes. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate (5 ECTS, 125 hours workload total, including preparatory readings, course work and portfolio).

Target Group

MA/MEd students and emerging scholars (PhD) interested in Canadian or North American Studies


International high-profile faculty across the listed fields from Europe and Canada as well as writers from anglophone and francophone Canada.

Master Classes

Master classes are teaching units conducted by international experts on specialized topics. The master class format enables students to spend an entire day with the invited scholars. After lectures in the morning, students work together in case study sessions including discussions.


3 units per day (120 minutes each)

  • Unit 1: master class input lecture
  • Unit 2: master class case studies
  • Unit 3: cultural programme and/or independent study 

Languages of Instruction

English and French (participants are required to be fluent in one of these languages; ideally, the second language should be level A2). Teaching material will be made available in either English or French. To facilitate participation across language boundaries, translations and summaries will be provided, where necessary. 


  • 60 teaching hours: 10 days, 6 hours per day
  • 45 hours for preparation: Reading materials will be available online for the students. Reading and corresponding tasks have to be completed in advance and are part of the portfolio.
  • 20 hours for the composition of the portfolio (to be handed in by July 18, 2020):
    • written answers to the questions accompanying the readings
    • summary of and written response to two lectures of choice
    • response paper on one of the literary texts
    • evaluative reflection on the programme

Grade Requirements

  • 50% active class participation
  • 50% portfolio

Course Reading

  • 1 literary text (tba) by each of the two invited authors Madeleine Thien and Catherine Mavrikakis (in the original language or in translation)
  • 1 overview article on Canadian Studies today
  • A selection of texts provided by the faculty 

Organizing Team

Doris G. Eibl (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Alexandra Ganser (University of Vienna, Canadian Studies Centre)
Ursula Mathis-Moser (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Stefanie Schäfer (Universities of Jena and Erlangen)
Jörg Türschmann (University of Vienna, Canadian Studies Centre)

Janine Köppen (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Janni Nielsen (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)
Helena Oberzaucher (University of Vienna)
Veronika Riedl (University of Innsbruck, Canadian Studies Centre)