Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

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About this course: Regardless of where you live, the European Union not only affects your life, but may also transform it. By learning how Europe works, a new world will open up to you and discover new jobs you never heard of. The European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of everybody’s life. We will analyze what the EU is doing for YOU regardless of where you live. We will also look at what YOU can do for and in Europe. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU. As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can ef…

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About this course: Regardless of where you live, the European Union not only affects your life, but may also transform it. By learning how Europe works, a new world will open up to you and discover new jobs you never heard of. The European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of everybody’s life. We will analyze what the EU is doing for YOU regardless of where you live. We will also look at what YOU can do for and in Europe. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU. As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, in 50 years it accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize. The EU remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. Given its inherent complexities, this Course aims at empowering you on what Europe can offer and will enable you to discover jobs and opportunities you were not aware of. Indeed, throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You will also be able to interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content.

Created by:  HEC Paris
  • Taught by:  Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Risk Regulation

Commitment 2-4 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: French How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.4 stars Average User Rating 4.4See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Why the European Union?
Setting the scene. An overview of the EU’s impact on your daily life, taking a critical perspective on the EU’s purpose but also highlighting the opportunities it offers.


9 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: About "Understaning Europe"
  2. Reading: Welcome to the course
  3. Video: Welcome to Understanding Europe
  4. Reading: Module Objectives
  5. Video: What is Europe: different points of view
  6. Video: What is Europe: the birth of Europe
  7. Video: What is Europe: the coming of age of Europe
  8. Video: Why Europe: Europe impacts your Life
  9. Video: Why Europe: The limits of European action
  10. Video: Debunking some of the European myths
  11. Video: What is the European Paradox?
  12. Reading: To complete the course...

Graded: Why The European Union?
Graded: Why Europeans increasingly dislike the EU despite its positive impact?

WEEK 2


Who is the European Union?
Putting a face on the EU. Who is it? Who are its main actors? By whom is it composed?­ You will identify who decides in Europe and learn how to interact with its main actors.


12 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Objectives
  2. Video: The players of the EU Game
  3. Video: An introduction to the EU institutions
  4. Video: EU Institutions: the European Council
  5. Video: EU Institutions: the European Commission
  6. Video: EU Institutions: the Council of the European Union
  7. Video: EU Institutions: the European Parliament
  8. Video: EU Institutions: the Court of Justice of the European Union
  9. Video: EU Institutions: the European Central Bank
  10. Video: EU Institutions: the European Court of Auditors
  11. Video: The EU Member States
  12. Video: The EU Citizens
  13. Video: The EU Civil Society

Graded: Who is the European Union?

WEEK 3


What the EU can do?
Analyzing the EU’s powers. What can it do? How far can it go? In which policies is it involved? The EU’s major fields of intervention. What does the EU do for trade, agriculture and innovation?


9 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Objectives
  2. Video: What the EU can do: introduction
  3. Video: What the EU can do (on paper): competence
  4. Video: The limits of EU action: subsidiarity
  5. Video: The limits of EU action: proportionality
  6. Video: What the EU can actually do
  7. Video: A flagship of EU intervention: competition
  8. Video: Intellectual Property in the EU - part 1 - Basic elements of IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)
  9. Video: Intellectual Property in the EU - part 2 - Why the EU has developed policies regarding IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)
  10. Video: Intellectual Property in the EU - part 3 - Challenges for a modern IP system in the EU (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)

Graded: What the EU can do?

WEEK 4


How does the EU work?
The EU’s means of action. How does it work? Who does what? What are the strengths and weaknesses?


14 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Objectives
  2. Video: Feedback on EU elections - Google Hangout live - May 28 2014
  3. Video: How the EU works: Introduction
  4. Video: EU policymaking: the sausage factory
  5. Video: Behind the scenes of policymaking: the EU Commissions's preparatory work
  6. Video: The EU legislative process
  7. Video: How the EU makes laws
  8. Video: The informal process: trilogues
  9. Video: EU rulemaking: comitology
  10. Video: EU Rights (Part 1): How are EU Rights enforced (Anne-Lise Sibony)
  11. Video: EU Rights (Part 2): In Case of Doubt: Questions to the European Court of Justice (Anne-Lise Sibony)
  12. Video: EU Rights (Part 3 ): Taking Effectiveness Seriously: Class Actions (Anne-Lise Sibony)
  13. Video: EU Budget (Part 1): organisation and priorities (Richard Crowe)
  14. Video: EU Budget (Part 2): revenue and expenditure (Richard Crowe)
  15. Video: How the EU works: conclusion

Graded: How does the EU work?
Graded: What could be done to make the EU more democratic?

WEEK 5


What can the EU do for you?
From freedom of movement to funding opportunities, immigration policies, establishment, level playing field through competition law, getting you a job.


11 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Objectives
  2. Video: What can the EU do for You
  3. Video: The EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Elaine Fahey)
  4. Video: The Trans-European Networks
  5. Video: The liberalization of air travel
  6. Video: The free movement of students
  7. Video: EU Fundamental Rights (part 1): Why, When and How (Daniel Sarmiento)
  8. Video: EU Fondamental Rights (part 2): an EU Fundamental Rights Policy? (Daniel Sarmiento)
  9. Video: What can the EU do for YOU as a corporation?
  10. Video: Fundamental Values of the EU (part 1): The European Union as a Community of Values (Laurent Pech)
  11. Video: Fundamental Values of the EU (part 2): Protecting European Union Values Within the European Union (Laurent Pech)
  12. Video: What the EU do for You: final message

Graded: What can the EU do for you?

WEEK 6


What can you do for Europe?
The initiatives and instruments fostering civic engagement in the EU (public consultations, ECIs, Ombudsman, etc). In other words, the toolbox of the empowered citizen.


10 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Objectives
  2. Video: What YOU can do for Europe: Introduction
  3. Video: The European civil society
  4. Video: EU Citizenship - part 1 (Dimitry Kochenov)
  5. Video: EU Citizenship - part 2 (Dimitry Kochenov)
  6. Video: Public Consultations and Open Petitions
  7. Video: The European Citizen’s Initiative
  8. Video: EU Institutions listening to You
  9. Video: What can you do for Europe? -interviews-
  10. Video: How can Europe be better perceived? -interviews-
  11. Video: Final Message

Graded: What can you do for Europe?
Graded: Final Exam

A Job for All (Optional)
This optional module includes interviews with people who work closely within the EU


17 videos expand


  1. Video: Entrepreneur, Andras Baneth
  2. Video: Research, Chiara Bortoluzzi
  3. Video: EU Official, Simonetta Cook
  4. Video: NGO, Helen Derbishire
  5. Video: Lobbyist, Sabine Dittrich
  6. Video: NGO, Doru Frantescu
  7. Video: EU Official, Anne Houtman
  8. Video: Communication, Charlélie Jourdan
  9. Video: EU Official, Gérard Legris
  10. Video: EU Official, Robert Madelin
  11. Video: Lobbyist, Vinciane Patelou
  12. Video: NGO, Ronny Patz
  13. Video: Political Staff, Axel Singhofen
  14. Video: NGO, James Thronton
  15. Video: Edition / Research, Cliff Wirajendi
  16. Video: Lobbyist, Martin Wittenberg
  17. Video: Media, Jon Worth


Clinic Section (Optional)
This is the EU Clinic section.


5 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: What is the EU Clinic?
  2. Video: TTIP - Enabling parliamentary cooperation under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
  3. Video: Data Protection - Ensuring the protection of your online personal data
  4. Video: Lobbying Transparency - Transparency Register Review
  5. Video: European Citizens' Initiative - Make it work!
  6. Video: Judicial Transparency

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