European Studies - Intensive

July 13 - August 14 (28), 2020

Based on the number of contact hours, both courses can be considered “intensive” in comparison to courses taken at your college/university. Thus, it may be appropriate to award credits on a two-courses-in-one calculation. So as to be awarded credit from your college/university for this course, MISU recommends that your faculty considers the following for successful students:

Part 1: European Studies - Intensive 

  • July 13 - August 14 in Vienna and Prague
  • 9 ECTS credits / 90 contact hours

Part 2.1.:   European Studies + German Language Classes

  • July 13 - August 3; 6 ECTS credits / 50 contact hours (European Studies sessions)
  • August 3 - 28; 3 ECTS credits / 85 contact hours (German Language Classes)

EU Studies overall Themes: Globalization - Europeanization - Times of Crisis

Globalization and the EU
The sessions introduce students to the historical trajectory of the European integration process as well as the policy-making system in the EU. Further, the course analyses Europe's role as an international political and economic actor and its relations with different countries and regions of the world. Together with the summer academy participants the lecturer will discuss the EU’s role in international affairs and analyse the European cooperation in the context of globalization.

Europeanization of Member States
The sessions are devoted to Europeanization, i.e. the question in how far the EU changes the political system, politics and policies of its Member States. In this regard, the course will especially take into account the perspective of an Eastern European Member State that joined the EU rather recently. Dan Marek of the Palacký University Prague will motivate students to reflect on Member States’ different preferences on how to proceed with European integration and why Eastern European Member States currently hold divergent ideas on the EU than Western neighbors with regard to migration-related issues or domestic political reform.

The EU in times of Crisis
Students will be asked for their application to decide whether they want to further deepen their knowledge on the EU and especially its current crisis management (option I) or whether they want to take German language classes (option II; see Schedule Course 2). If you decide for the latter option, you will not engage any further with the EU in the framework of this academy, but you will have the opportunity to improve your German language skills. If you decide for option I, you will have another two weeks of engaging with EU matters. The sessions will center on current developments in the European Union and on how theory-guided empirical research by EU scholars is discussing current issues such as Brexit, increasing euroscepticism, the Euro crisis, the migration crisis and plans for further integration. Stefan Jagdhuber of the LMU Munich has together with colleagues just published an academic journal article comparing the EU crisis response during the Euro crisis with the non-reforms with regard to the EU’s asylum system during the migration crisis.

Option 2: German Classes

Please see the Website of the LMU MISU German Class summer program: