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 its societies and economies together for a long time.
The Online Winter School will deal with the historical, political, and economic dynamics of European Integration, and cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: Brexit, political fragmentation and radicalization, economic turmoil and more.
First, this course will introduce students to the EU as a political system, characterized by the separation of powers principle, with significant executive, legislative, and judicial powers. It will cover how policies are made in this unique multi-layered system of governance and discuss current political challenges. Second, classes will then focus on the issue of regional economic integration, covering a wide range of topics: from general ones such as trade and trade restriction mechanisms and international business in Europe to the question of what kind of economic entity the European Union represents today and how it can tackle the 21st century economically.
The academic program is conducted by Jan Battke from Tübingen University and Cristina Popescu, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
The Winter 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 one hour each, nine 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 Winter School you will communicate and work with students from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This offers you the chance to benefit from cultural exchange.
In the first week, 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 second, third, and fourth week are dedicated to the actual teaching of the Online Winter School’s topics.