ONLINE COURSE The European Union in the 21st Century: Internal and External Challenges

ONLINE COURSE The European Union in the 21st Century: Internal and External Challenges

Course dates:
23 July, 2022 to 20 August, 2022
Economics, Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 25 June, 2022
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany


Course description

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 up to today.

Internal politics and policies, for example the decision-making process, the balance of power, identity and democratic questions in this new system of governance will be discussed. Likewise in the realm of external affairs, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, relations with neighbors and with developing countries will be our concern. Particularly important aspects include the discussion on future expansion as well as the consequences of the financial crisis and the Lisbon Treaty. If students express specific interests in other topics or case studies sessions can be adjusted.

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.



The easiest way to register for FUBiS is by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is June 25, 2022.

A comprehensive overview on fees and registration can be found here.

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Contact information


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