Recent challenges to the European Union
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HPC41
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Within the last few years alone, the European Union has faced many crises, some of which have threatened its very existence. Despite these challenges – be it the Eurozone Debt crisis, migration, or Brexit – the EU has proved astonishingly resilient so far. This interactive lecture-based course will give you an overview over the recent policy challenges the EU faced and what it has done to mitigate them. You will learn about the underlying causes of these crises and the strategies the EU has used to fight them both in the short- and long-term. In so doing, this course provides you with a thorough understanding of the EU’s current policy context, therein enabling you to critically assess the EU’s long-term crisis resilience.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The Eurozone Debt crisis:
Looking at the origins of the currency union and its state and resilience before the financial crisis
The course of the Eurozone Debt crisis
Examining the EU’s various policy tools to save the common currency, also in light of the current economic crisis
- The Migration crisis:
Analyzing the origins and evolution of the EU’s common asylum policy
Examining the EU’s policy response to the crisis and its sustainability
Looking at the question: Refuge Europe or Fortress Europe?
- Populism and Brexit:
Analyzing to what extent the EU has a democratic deficit
Looking at the reasons behind and future implications of Brexit for both the UK and the European Union.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand and critically assess the underlying causes behind recent policy challenges and crises
- Evaluate why the European Union responded to the crises the way it did, being conscious of short- and long-term policy trade-offs
- Identify gaps and weaknesses in the EU’s policy response to the Eurozone debt crisis, migration saga and Brexit
- Critically assess the EU’s long-term resilience, especially in light of new policy challenges induced by COVID-19.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required as this is an introductory course. That being said, an interest in current affairs may prove helpful as the area of European politics is a dynamic one. This is also reflected in the high volume of fairly recent policy initiatives and challenges. Therefore, you will gain more from the course both in terms of enjoyment and learning outcomes if you follow current affairs.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mixture of lectures/ short presentations by the tutor, Q&A, pair/group and class discussions. A comprehensive bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course. Also, (brief) reading materials will be handed out at the end of each session. While this supplementary reading is not a course requirement, course participants will benefit more from the course if they do some of the supplementary readings recommended by the course tutor. Please note, that as the course progresses, course participants are encouraged to take a more active part in the course – this will be achieved through a mixture of smaller group work but also class discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Although you are not required to buy anything, you may wish to buy books, current affairs magazines or attend talks on the issue of European politics to deepen your understanding of the issues raised in the class. However, please note that this is not necessary to follow the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out our range of contemporary politics courses online.
Hilke is an academic at the London School of Economics, pursuing her PhD in political economy. She also holds an MPhil in European Politics from the University of Oxford. Hilke's area of expertise are European Integration, Economic and Monetary Union, the Labour Market and Forced Displacement. For her thesis she looks into the resilience of refugee economies in several different countries - she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Eastern DRC, Uganda, Lebanon, the UK, Sweden and Germany. She has taught courses on European Integration to both adult learners and high school students. In the past, she has also worked for both the DWP and the FCDO.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.