|Study location||Netherlands, Maastricht (Online)|
|Type||Maastricht Online Campus, distance learning|
|Nominal duration||26 October - 18 December (10 Meetings 19:00 - 21:00 CET)) (3 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€449 per programme|
Enrolled as an Undergraduate student or Undergraduate diploma
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
Please attach proof of English proficiency or clearly state in your motivation letter any previous English experience through education, upbringing or jobs. We pride ourselves on our interactive courses and we therefore want to ensure all students can participate to the full extent.
Crisis after crisis is rocking Europe at a time that European citizens are questioning the very nature of the European Union (EU) itself. European politics and society are under pressure. The social, political and economic turmoil on the European continent covers a broad array of topics: Brexit; the Eurozone and its financial challenges; terrorist attacks on European soil; religious and political radicalisation; and political tension between different member states of the European Union. Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East create an unstable neighbourhood and the consequences, such as the refugee crisis, and a global public health crisis (covid-19), are pushing existing divisions within European core values to the surface. Two simple questions come to mind: what is going on in ‘Europa’? And, where is it all leading?
This course takes the crises as a starting point to understand Europe, the European Union and European politics and society. There is a broad consensus that the EU is a unique peace project which has achieved enormous success over the years, on a scale its founders could barely have imagined. More recently, however, the EU has been facing several internal and external challenges such as the June 2016 vote in the United Kingdom in favour of leaving the EU; the Greek debt crisis and lingering concerns about the Eurozone; the ongoing migrant and refugee flows; the heightened terrorism threat and the rise in populism and xenophobia; and the public health crisis and the exacerbation of pre-existing socioeconomic inequalities. These put EU values and solidarity to the test. Facing such challenges, it is vital to uphold the EU’s common values of democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law. This course will address exactly those concerns: How is the EU dealing with the current crises? Is it able to maintain its core values, in particular the protection of fundamental rights, along the way? In addition, the EU’s next steps and possible future scenario in light of the ongoing crises will be explored.
The class takes a PBL format. This means that students are expected to actively engage during the online meetings. The aim is to establish a learning environment in which students can analyse problems, ask relevant questions and develop answers on the basis of the assigned literature and their own individual research. At the end, students should become aware of the most pertinent challenges the EU is facing at the moment and understand the origins and consequences of those challenges. Furthermore, students should be able to analyse and interpret the different challenges from a (European) human rights perspective. Students also learn how to read and compare the case-law of the two most important European courts – the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
Course Duration and Dates
This is a ten week course running from the 26th of October until the 18th of Decmber, 2020 which will be taught entirely online. The courses will be scheduled in Central European Time [CET] so it is possible that some time slots are not ideal for people in certain time zones. However, when scheduling the courses, we will try to take into account the different time zones as much as we can. There will be a total of 20 contact hours spread out over 10 meetings.
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 3 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions
The course has the following objectives:
• to understand the contemporary crisis dynamics in Europe.
• to understand what the European core values are and how they are protected during the crises.
• to analyse the ongoing internal and external crises from a human rights perspective.
• to become acquainted with the human rights case-law of the two most important European courts.
A bachelor course or background knowledge in European Law and/or European Politics and/or European Human Rights. Interested students who do not meet these prerequisites can petition the lecturer to be admitted.
A minimum of 8 students is required for the class to take place.
The literature will consist of several academic books, academic articles and policy material. Students are also encouraged to bring their own literature.
Assignments ▪ Papers ▪ PBL ▪ Research ▪ Skills ▪ Work in subgroups ▪
Assessment methods ▪ Attendance ▪ Final paper ▪ Participation ▪ Presentation