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1.06 European Studies

Instructor: Dr. Ulrich Brückner
Language of instruction:
Course type:
Subject course
Contact hours:
48 (6 per day)
Course days
: see class schedule
ECTS credits
: 5
Course fee:
€ 1,100

Course Description

The course will introduce the basics of the European Union and describe and explain the processes of widening and deepening of this unique political entity. This will cover an overview of European Union history, its evolution in economic and political terms as well as of its institutional structure up to today.

The focus of the course will be the state of EU integration after the pandemic both internally and externally. We will analyze economic and social developments, positive and negative examples of solidarity, Brexit, migration, forms of populism and how public opinion sees the costs and benefits of European integration. The external perspective will address how the EU responds to global challenges such as climate change, relations with the USA after elections, the rise of China, security threats and what they mean for the futureinternational role of the EU.

The morning sessions consist of lectures, literature-based discussions and oral presentations from working groups. After lunch the course will visit various institutions in Germany`s political center. Students will have the chance to discuss the topics from the morning sessions with international experts from political institutions, embassies and think tanks.

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