Tübingen, Germany

The European Union still in Crisis? Politics and Economics in Europe Today

online course
when 5 January 2022 - 28 January 2022
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 100

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 21stcentury economically.

Course leader

The academic program is conducted by Jan Battke from Tübingen University and Cristina Popescu, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

Target group

Undergraduate students of humanities, social sciences, law and economics.

Course aim

By familiarizing themselves with how the EU and its economy work today and the recent challenges they face, at the end of the course students will have solid knowledge about the process, potential benefits and pitfalls of regional integration which they can not only apply to Europe alone, but to other world regions as well. They will be able to identify and understand the dynamics of transnational policy-making and business, and how the coordination of economic and political endeavors among nation states generally impacts the lives of citizens in many countries of the same region.

Fee info

EUR 100: The program fee must be paid until December 1, 2021. Please note that no refund is possible.

The program fee includes all courses as well as the issue of a certificate and transcript. There will be no additional costs.