800753 EX Brussels School 2023: agenda-setting and cooperation in times of crises.

summer semester 2023 | Last update: 13.03.2023 Place course on memo list
EX Brussels School 2023: agenda-setting and cooperation in times of crises.
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Students get to know the functioning of the European Union in the context of a several-day excursion to the European Quarter in Brussels.  Participants of the course will be able to understand and explain the processes of European policy coordination on different political levels in the context of the history of integration as well as in the context of international and European law.

The course promotes a theory-based, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented analysis of the European Union, its historical development and its constitutional and political structure. The core element of the course is a multi-day excursion to Brussels. Located within the European Quarter, the representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino provides practical on-site insights into the processes within and between the EU institutions as well as various dialogue formats with high-ranking representatives of the EU-Commission, -Parliament, -Council, CoR and EESC.  

The first three (virtual) sessions of the course (all in English) serve to introduce to the topic and bring all students together, considering their different (inter)disciplinary knowledge, linguistic prerequisites and (transnational) educational traditions. Within the framework of a multi-day excursion to Brussels, participants are given the opportunity to personally exchange with representatives of various EU institutions and to familiarise themselves with European topics of contemporary interest by participating in various different workshop formats.

Full and active participation in the (online) introductory sessions and the excursion to Brussels, as well as various case-specific speaking and written contributions.

Cini/Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (2019): European  Union Politics, Oxford University Press.

Hodson/Peterson (2017): The Institutions of the European Union, Oxford University Press

Maurer, Andreas/Wolf, Michael (2020): The European Parliament’s right of initiative. 

Good (English) language skills (minimum B2-level according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages"), based at least on thorough self-assessment.

The aim of the course is to explain the European Union where its political negotiations and decisions mainly take place, in the European Quarter in Brussels, the headquarters of the EU Commission, Parliament, Council and many other institutions. The excursion is particularly relevant for all those who would like to work for the EU or in any international environment in the future and who would like to experience the playground of European politics on-site.

The excursion to Brussels is financially supported by various stakeholders, whereas the amount of the individual subsidy is currently being negotiated. The exact date of the excursion (3-5 days) is expected to be published in early February (it will probably take place in May or early June).

The course also serves as the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the Universities of Innsbruck, Bolzano and Trento, the work program of the Liaison Office of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in Brussels (2023) and the official program planning of the "Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and European Integration studies" at the UIBK.

Due to the special format of the course, the registration (and the excursion to Brussels) is to be considered binding from the moment of the official confirmation by the course instructor. 

Application: Interested? Please send a short e-mail to michael.wolf@tirol.gv.at. You will then receive further information on the selection process.

Deadline: 15.02.2023

to be announced