Germany, Berlin

European Integration and the Political System of the EU

when 15 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 2600

This course is part of the integrated program Tübingen-Berlin International Summer School. The Tübingen-Berlin International Summer School is a joint endeavor of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and its “International & European Studies” program (IES) and “Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University” (FUBiS).The integrated program gives you the opportunity to take short-term yet in-depth courses on European politics and current human rights issues. The program starts at Freie Universität Berlin and gives you basic knowledge about the history of the European Union and its political integration.

The course will introduce the basics of the European Union and describe and explain the processes of widening and deepening of this unique political entity. This will cover an overview of European Union history, its evolution in economic and political terms as well as of its institutional structure and key policies up until today.

The focus of the course will be internally on the state of EU integration and the need for reform, as well as externally on the international role of the EU in general with its emphasis on multilateralism, but also bilaterally in the relations between the EU and the USA, Russia and the Ukraine in particular. Relations with Turkey as a candidate for EU membership will be discussed regarding the question where Europe ends, but also to analyze issues of identity, energy security and in general costs and benefits of EU membership against the backdrop of Brexit.

The morning sessions consist of lectures, literature-based discussions and oral presentations from working groups. After lunch the course will visit various institutions in Germany`s political center. Students will have the chance to discuss the topics from the morning sessions with international experts from political institutions, embassies and think tanks.

Course leader

Dr. Jan-Henrik Meyer

Target group

The course is designed for students with different academic backgrounds and a general interest in Europe. There are no special prerequisites for the course.

Fee info

EUR 2600: Total fee