European Studies Munich

European Studies Winter School

The European Union
Challenges, Crises, and Solution Approaches

January 6 - 25, 2025  Winter School Munich and Vienna

The course is designed to introduce the complex political and institutional landscape of the European Union. We will explore the EU's governance structure, focusing on the challenges it faces and the innovations that have emerged in response. 

We will begin by examining the history and evolution of the EU, from its origins as the European Coal and Steel Community to its current form as a 27-member union. We will then delve into the various institutions and decision-making processes that make up the EU, including the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union. We will also explore some of the key challenges facing the EU, including issues of democratic legitimacy, migration and security, and economic governance. We will examine how these challenges have led to innovations in EU governance, such as the creation of new institutions like the European Stability Mechanism and the emergence of new policy areas like digital governance. 

By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of EU governance, its challenges, and the innovations that are shaping its future. 

Participants will: 

  • get a comprehensive overview of EU governance, while also engaging participants in critical thinking and discussion
  • will be expected to participate in class discussions, complete readings, and assignments, and work collaboratively on group projects
  • strengthen their soft skills and rhetoric 
  • attend a German language course for beginners 
  • receive 6 + 3 ECTS credits for the EU Studies winter school and German class attendance

Target group:
Students of all levels with an interest in EU studies, regardless of their background in the field For further information, please see:

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