The Future of Europe at the heart of a multicampus experience

CIVICA master’s students can register for the new Europeanship multicampus course to focus on the Future of Europe together with peers from across the alliance. After crises like Brexit and the Covid pandemic, Europe faces challenging times. Critical analysis of the EU’s responses and policy-making will be at the core of the new CIVICA Europeanship multicampus course for master’s students, which will start in the fall semester of academic year 2021/22. Students will examine challenging areas of policy-making facing the EU posed by forces such as globalisation, climate change and digital transformation, and work in teams on a final project on solutions to a specific policy problem.

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The graduate course on the ‘Future of Europe’ is the first Europeanship multicampus course, one of the flagship initiatives of CIVICA, an alliance of eight leading European higher education institutions in social sciences. The course will be open to around 200 master’s students from the partner universities.

Designed and taught jointly by a team of professors from the different partners of the alliance, the course will be delivered synchronously across all CIVICA campuses as a series of live online lectures, integrated with local activities. The four thematic modules of the course are: Globalisation and economic shocks; Environment, sustainability, the EU Green Deal; Digitalisation and innovation; Democracy, governance and populism in the EU. Among the 13 course instructors there is Pierre Moscovici, former European Commissioner and affiliated professor at Sciences Po.

The final evaluation of the course will be based on a group capstone project, to be developed by teams of 4-6 students from at least 2 campuses, who will have to address in detail a concrete policy challenge that the EU faces.

“The formula of the course is very innovative – bringing together all in one course the competences of leading professors on European studies from a group of top universities,” says Carlo Altomonte, Professor of Economics of European Integration at Bocconi and coordinator of the course. “The project exercise closing the course is also very innovative – allowing students to concretely understand policy-making and work together in teams in a truly intercultural exchange.”

Source: CIVICA

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