In the aftermath of the Second World War, for the first time in European history, former enemies created a political union in order to coordinate their economic and political activities. Over the past decades, this unique cooperation of sovereign nation states gradually led to the emergence of a supranational political system: the European Union (EU). But the past years have seen the EU facing more and more criticism from various sides and a plethora of challenges threaten the European community and what held it together for a long time.
The Online Fall School will deal with the historical, cultural and political framework of European Integration, and cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: Brexit, immigration, political fragmentation and radicalization, the EU's democratic deficit and foreign policy challenges.
Furthermore, class sessions will introduce participants to the history and trajectory of human rights in Europe and the crucial question of collective (national) identity and how it is shaped by current developments in Europe, at its borders and beyond.
The program is jointly organized by Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and Oregon State University (OSU) and conducted by three different teachers: Jan Battke from Tübingen University, Dr. Allison Davis White-Eyes and Dr. Philipp Kneis, both from OSU.
The Online Fall School will be based on online material that you can access at any time using Tübingen university’s MOODLE system, as well as on live online discussions (including video conferences via ZOOM (about two hours each, eleven in total)) which will take place at pre-set times (precise dates to be announced). Hence, by combining synchronous and asynchronous tools of teaching and learning you have the chance to gain valuable insights into new cultures and countries, share your perspectives with international classmates and learn more about Europe and the EU.
During the Online Fall School you will communicate and work with students from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This offers you the chance to benefit from cultural exchange. At the beginning, through various exercises, you will not only learn how to use MOODLE and ZOOM, but also deepen your understanding of other cultures and intercultural communication and get to know your fellow students and your teachers better. The following main part of the program is dedicated to the actual teaching of the Online Fall School’s EU-related topics.