Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

European Union : History, Culture and Institutions

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2023 - 2024



Nombre de crédits


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Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable


Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

The students should improve their understanding of the EU through History, Culture, Policy and Institutions.
The students are expected to understand the structure and decision-making processes of EU institutions and to develop the skills needed for effective negotiation within an enlarged EU.

Competency Goals :

CG 1 Disciplinary Knowledge
CG4 Open to the world
CG5 Aware of complexity / Critical Mind
CG6 Communicate orally and in writing in several languages

Prérequis et corequis

There are no specific requisites for this course. However, students are expected to be fluent in English and to have a basic knowledge of European history and to keep informed of current European affairs.

Description du contenu

Session 1: course organization – students are invited to define Europe on the base of their personal knowledge.

History Module (Sabine Godts-Péters)
Sessions 2 to 6: Europe before Europe – The pioneers and the makers (Treaties of Rome to fall of Communism) – From the Communities to the Union. Two activities: Europe and my potential career – visit of the House of European History

Culture Module (Ruba Saleh)
Sessions 8 to 10: European cultural policies – Cultural practices and project
Introduction to the notion of culture and cultural policies at European level. How culture is gaining importance at the EU level and what are the main challenges.

Institutions, Decision Making and Negotiating (Adam Steinhouse)
Sessions 11 to 12: The treaties and the spirit of the EU - Overview of the main institutions and the EU decision-making process - EU lobbying exercise and lobbying tips - EU enlargement and the future development of the EU, including the effects of Brexit - EU negotiation exercise.
1 activity: Visit of the European Parliament

Méthodes pédagogiques

The teaching method is the following: conference or lectures given by the lecturers or invited professor, workshop in December. This includes preparatory readings, interventions made by the students and discussions.
Most of the teaching activities are in person to all the students of the group; there are some specific activities online.
The presence and the active participation in the course are compulsory. Each student will be requested to make a presentation of a subject related to the course.
Students will also attend specific events, visits or conferences such as visits of the European institutions and exhibitions.

Mode d'évaluation

To measure if the students meet the courses objectives, the evaluation is made on the basis of their active participation in the class, pitch and essay.
In case of no class participation or late enrollment these students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class and conferences and an exam in January on the subjects seen in the course.
Note that in case of non-participation in the workshop, students will be graded down without access to the January exam.
The workshop and conference are one-time event. Note that in case of non-participation in the workshop, students will be graded down without access to the oral exam.

Références bibliographiques

Slides European History (Sabine Godts-Péters) / Teams / Handouts European Institutions (Adam Steinhouse) / Course website (Moodle)

Triandafyllidou, A., & Gropas, R. (2022). What is Europe? (21st Century Europe, 8) (1st ed. 2015). Routledge.

Klossa, G., & Juncker, J. (2022). Fierté européenne. Télémaque edit.

François, É., Serrier, T., Nishiyama, A., Monnet, P., & Rader, O. B. (2017). Europa: notre histoire. Les Arènes.

Philippe Ken (2020). The Future of Cultural Policies. Editions KEA, Brussels.

European Crew (2022). The next renaissance. Culture and creativity shaping Europe. Odile Jacob, Paris.

Arjo Klamer (2017). Doing the right thing. A value-based economy. Ubiquity Press, London.