4509305: FU_The European Union facing the challenge of multiple crises

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Semester:SS 18
Lektionen / Semester:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Selbststudium:67.5 h



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Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Bachelorstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Finance (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


  • Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, the European Union (EU) seems to find itself in a situation of multiple, intertwined crises. The course consists of three parts: first, it will introduce how the political system of the EU works, investigate into the big trends that have the potential to challenge today's societies and drive crises, and discuss what 'crisis' means within the European integration project. Second, the course will address the causes of and the responses to the EU's multiple crises (such as the financial and economic crisis, the migration crisis, BREXIT, the crisis of democracy), and highlight the political, legal, economic and social dimensions of those crises. And third, students will debate scenarios on the future of the EU.


  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the political processes, policies and politics of EU crises management
  • Students apply critical analysis about the role of crises in politics, the current state of European integration and the future prospects of the Union
  • Students will learn to formulate critical judgments and arrive at conclusions

  • Students develop competences in research about EU crises politics and management
  • Students develop communication skills



  • Interactive lecture
  • Discussions
  • Oral presentations (ca. 15 minutes) either individually or in small groups (depending on number of participants) followed by a debate organised by the presenter(s


  • McCormick, John (2017), Understanding the European Union - A Concise Introduction, 7th edition, Basingstoke: MacMillan Palgrave [Chapters 1, 3, 4, 6].
  • Dinan, Desmond/Nugent, Neill/Paterson, William E. (eds) (2017), The European Union in Crisis, Basingstoke: MacMillan Palgrave [Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17].
  • Laffan, Brigid (ed) (2016), Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested, Special Issue of West European Politics, 39(5) [Chapters by Krotz/Maher; Laffan; Hobolt/Tilley].

  • CEPS (2017), Re-group and reform: Ideas for a more responsive and effective EU, Report of a CEPS Task Force, Brussels.
  • European Commission (2014), Europeans, the European Union and the Crisis, Standard Eurobarometer 81 / Spring 2014.
  • European Commission (2017), White Paper on the Future of Europe - Reflections and Scenarios for the EU27 by 2025, Brussels.
  • Juncker, Jean-Claude (2017), State of the Union Speech, 13 September 2017.

Additional literature will be provided before the course starts.


It is recommended to regularly check websites of think tanks, e.g., Bruegel (http://bruegel.org), Centre for European Policy Studies (https://www.ceps.eu), European Policy Centre (http://www.epc.eu), Friends of Europe (http://www.friendsofeurope.org), as well of the European Commission


Pass / Fail

Assessment tasks:

  • Presentation (based on a power point) and organisation of a debate, incl. 2-page handout, on one of the course topics (40%)
  • Final essay of 5.000-6.000 words on one of the course topics (60%)

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Passed / Failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


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