Norway, Oslo

Engaging the University in Europe: Understanding the History of an Idea

when 26 July 2010 - 30 July 2010
duration 1 week
credits 9.9 EC
fee NOK 3000

This set of lectures will aim to challenge views in the literature that present developments are unique in content or method, though they may be in scope and they are taking place in a specific context, and that they are an EU-only process. The lectures will do so by tracing the political and policy trajectory of the idea of the European engagement with universities across six decades. The lectures will illustrate the proposition that two ideas linking Europe and the universities have been in competition: what can Europe do for universities; what can universities do for Europe. But the core aim is to unravel both the contextual and policy process factors involved in the different policy cycles in order to enrich our understanding of contemporary policy activity.

Course leader

Dr. Anne Corbett , Visiting Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom rn

Target group

PhD students

Course aim

These lectures have three main objectives. The first is to give students a historical understanding of how higher education policy has developed at the European level between the 1950s and the contemporary Bologna Process designed to create a European Higher Education Area. The second objective is to incorporate an understanding of theoretical concepts based on time into the political science perspectives increasingly used to analyse higher education policy-making. The third objective is to place higher education policy-making in the wider context of European policy development to stimulate new research perspectives.

Fee info

NOK 3000: The fee cover parts of the required reading material, food and social arrangements.