Teaching

MA: European Integration Summer School (EISS)

Drawing on sound methodological and interdisciplinary approaches, the annual European Integration Summer School (EISS) focuses a wide range of issues pertaining to European integration, thus adding an international dimension to your specific field of training (e.g. in law, public administration or economics). It is organized in two Master-level courses (ST 419 and 420) in the summer (teaching period of seven weeks), and a web-based course offered during the fall semester (ST 421). Each course carries 10 ECTS. Whereas the first summer course provides an introduction to the EU – its history, institutions and core policies –, the second course adjusts to a specific theme every year, e.g. “The EU in Crisis”; finally, the web-based is organized as a directed reading and research essay writing course.

 

BA: European Union Politics (ST 202)

This course offers an introduction into the political system of the European Union and its member states. It explores the decision-making processes and key policies of the European Union against the backdrop of the history of European integration. After several rounds of enlargements and in the midst of a severe crisis centered around the eurozone, the EU is without any doubt at a critical juncture today, integrate its 28 member states (with still a few more in the waiting) while finding an answer to pressing global challenges, such as the effects of economic globalization and climate change.

 

MA: EU External Relations (ST 418)

In this course, which began life as a Jean Monnet Module in 2011, students study the complex entirety of the EU as an actor in the world from a theoretical, historical and policy-oriented perspective focussing on topical issues of trade, diplomacy, development and security in EU external relations. The seminar also builds on a diversity of learning tools, including group discussions and report writing.

 

MA: Course development in executive-level MA program (ongoing)

Many of the global crises, which Europe is currently facing, have immediate effect on both cities and regions, i.e. the levels of political organization where most policies are eventually implemented, in the 31 member states of the Economic Area Agreement (EEA), including the EU and Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. Immediate responses and policies addressing the rapidly unfolding refugee crisis or climate change, to offer but two examples, need to be fully embraced by policy-makers and public administrations of municipalities and regions. Concomitantly, subnational authorities in the European Union as well as the European Economic Area are compelled to swiftly implement EU legislative acts covering a wide range of policy areas from waste water management to air quality control. How do cities and regions ultimately cope with these challenges and expectations?