Online Summer School: Academic Program

What it is about

The Online Summer School provides an overview of the historical, cultural and political framework of European integration, and addresses some of 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 questions of collective (national) identity and how it is shaped by current developments.

By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of the EU and its political institutions, understand why and how it deals with current issues and which role human rights and the idea of 'global citizenship' play in Europe.

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.


Detailed information on the course can be found in the syllabus (printable PDF).

How it is done

The summer 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 on- and offline 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.

The program's idea and structure

During the online summer 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 summer school’s topics.