60 Ideas for Europe

Another idea for EU acknowledgment.

It is clear that some community policies are far to be understood as they need to be.
Taking the example of ERASMUS program (that I benefited), my idea is that we shall link the movement of students with the obligation for them to follow a course on European Union.
Knowledge about Institutional architecture, current policies and the history of European construction is undoubtedly the necessary active learning counterpart for a student engaged in a communotaire program.

The lack of knowledge about Europe harms the entire benefit of such a program.

And the major benefit of learning a bit about the political structure in which we evolve would surely be advocated by teachers and students.

The possibility to put words and concepts on a practical experience is inevitably interesting.

EU recognition passes through communication on its great programs and achievements, and it includes academic formation.

I am a 24 years old French student enlisted in European Studies program. I am currently following an ERASMUS program in Finland (Turku). Thank you

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  1. I don’t think that is true. The way you “learn Europe” is by following a full political debate. Then you find out how the EU breaks and what can be done to improve it. Abstract discussions and history are of little use, they are boring awe find 1000 existing courses like these. Students of European subjects feel overloaded by the same sermon all the time.

    Further, as a political liberal, I strongly defend the concept of academic freedom. It should not be the subject of a government to interfere into university teaching contents. Civil society may. I would actually welcome a good BBC documentary.

  2. It is sure that a ‘political debate’ is the major possibility to pick up enough different views on a subject in order to build an objective point of view.
    The matter is not to develop a full theory about the problems of EU, that are far more complex than you can imagine if you are not yourself working in a European Institution.
    The matter at stake in this topic is the permanent lack of knowledge about European Union (beyond National government resistance concerning cultural and educational sectors).
    I can testify that almost 80% of students in Europe do not know at least the basic of EU institutions. Maybe 50% of them do not know the way their own national political system works.
    It is understandable when you are not directly benefiting of a program (or do not recognizing this benefit), which is the case in national policies.
    What I said is that a student enlisted in an Erasmus program may necessarily follow a course explaining why he is here and what permits it. It could be rewarded by credits (ECTS) and the course has not necessarily to be tedious.

    Concerning your ‘political liberal’ orientation , I do not understand in which way the possibility of learning something you cannot easily know by yourself may be problematic. It is not a purpose of interfering in academic freedom but to propose a plus value to the foreign exchange (permitted by EU Commission).
    Moreover it is a way to promote interdisciplinarity, knowing the fact that there is not only political sciences or history or sociology students involved in ERASMUS program. I am not a partisan of educational autonomy when you are not sufficiently autonomous to chose your topics. (philosophically speaking cf.Kant)

    Best regards,
    Charlelie

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