The European Studies course takes place under the patronage of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. The CAP is a LMU based institution for political advising and research on European affairs. The program cooperate with the Department of International Relations, Webster University Vienna.
The European Union offers a most prominent example on how regional integration works. For 28 European states, supranational policy-making determines not only their political and economical systems; the global challenges of the 21st century also illustrate individual governments limitations of power, thus requiring common approaches. As a consequence, integration is also considered important for European security policy.
The objective of this summer academy is to provide students a broad understanding on the historical development, the economical, societal, political and philosophical dimensions of the European integration process. Further, the course analyses Europe's role as an international political and economical factor and its relations with different countries and regions of the world. A special focus will be put on security and international relation studies during the Vienna part.
In order to offer a broad perspective on the European integration process, the course takes place in the Austrian capital Vienna, in Bavaria's capital Munich as well as in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. In addition, complementing excursions to different cultural sites are offered.
Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the course combines different methodologies such as lectures, round-table discussions, group-work, simulations and students' presentations along with excursions.
In addition to the academic work, we encourage participants to engage in the vibrant international student life on LMU Munich's campus during the summer of 2014.