Civic Competence in Creative Cities How Digital Innovations Contribute to Durable Democracies, Short Course | University of Tartu | Tartu, Estonia
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Civic Competence in Creative Cities How Digital Innovations Contribute to Durable Democracies

23 days
700 EUR/full
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The summer course explores the impact of digital innovations on civic competence in public administrations. Participants will investigate digital democratic innovations, focusing on Estonia's experiences. This course builds on the success of previous editions and covers three thematic blocks in the online portion: digital representation, e-participation, and e-deliberation.


On-site in Tartu 28 July - 7 August, online 12-23 August

The Summer School „Civic Competence in Creative Cities: How Digital Innovations Contribute to Durable Democracies“ will focus on how to use digital innovations in public administrations to unlock and implement civic competence.   

The Summer School will consist of an in-person part that takes place in Tartu (28 July - 7 August) and a facultative online part (12 August – 23 August). The Summer School is a unique opportunity for students from around the world to learn about the promises, proliferation, and perils of digital democratic innovations, with a special emphasis on experiences in Estonia, arguably one of the most advanced digital societies in the world. The summer course will focus on learning and reflecting on state-of-the-art academic knowledge on digital democratic innovations, as well as on student research projects on digital innovations in Estonia (particularly in the city of Tartu). The European Capital of Culture 2024 events also allow for ample opportunities for students to experience Estonian culture and acquire skills to present research outcomes in more creative (oral and audiovisual) ways (rather than in the form of a regular academic paper). This Summer Course builds upon experiences we gathered during two successful previous Summer Courses (Building Digital Governance. 2022, and Agile Governance in a Digital Age, 2023). The online study will take place from August 12 to 23 in the Moodle environment and will consist of three broad thematic blocks - digital representation (electronic elections with an emphasis on Estonia’s experiences with Internet voting) – e-participation (technology-enabled participatory budgeting) and e-deliberation (political participation on electronic platforms, notably social media). The virtual learning will consist of live lectures, video lectures, and independent work with academic resources. Each thematic block will be finalised with a small exam.  

Programme Structure

ONSITE PART: 28 July-7 August History and context of digitalisation in Estonia Digital Era Governance Workshop on storytelling and how to present findings in creative ways 

Models of democracy, digital democracy and participation Instruction on how to analyse qualitative data Assisted group works (gathering data in the field, production ofanimated video, etc)

Excursion to Tallinn: visit to Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium and E-Estonia Briefing Center 

Class about impacts of e-voting in Estonia, meetup with former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves Impacts of e-voting in Estonia

Open data and public participationPresentation of preliminary findings by student groups Public innovation and digitalisationPublic values in public innovation

Impact and valorisation of researchFinal presentations and feedback

ONLINE PART: 12 - 23 August

Digital representation: Internet voting in Estonia Digital participation: e-budgeting


MA/PhD, advanced BA


  • Prof Dr Joep Crompvoets, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr David DueñasCid, Kozminsky University, Poland
  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Dr Mihkel Solvak, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Prof Dr Vincent Homburg, University of Tartu, Estonia

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 23 days

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+2 ECTS for online part



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • MA/PhD, advanced BA
  • Online application form
  • Application fee of 25 EUR
  • Motivation letter (up to 1 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, his/her expectations about the programme, how participation in the summer programme relates to his/her studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use the gained experience and knowledge in the future.
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 23 days.
  • EU/EEA

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 23 days.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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