Interdisciplinary seminar "Rethinking Europe"

leusl2051  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Interdisciplinary seminar "Rethinking Europe"
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Q2
Teacher(s)
Language
English
Prerequisites
None.
Main themes
The interdisciplinary seminar 'Thinking Europe' aims to propose a comprehensive perspective on Europe as simultaneously a geographic space, a civilizational, historical and cultural entity, an object of philosophical reflection, as well as a programme of legal and political unification embodied by the European Union.  These different categories must be seen in interaction, as examples taken from current events will show (for example the refugee crisis or the rise of Euroscepticism).
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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Acquire the capacity to confront different categories and models to reflect on Europe. Develop a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of European integration, linking a long-term and short-term perspectives. Using these skills in in class discussions. Also the capacity to do a close reading of theoretical texts as well as the capacity to debate and present will be developed.

 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The interdisciplinary seminar 'Rethinking Europe' aims to see Europe as an object of critical, theoretical and philosophical reflection by analyzing examples taken from current events (for example the refugee crisis, depolitisation or the rise of Euroscepticism).
Teaching methods
Develop a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of the European project. Acquire the capacity to confront different categories and models to reflect on Europe. Using these skills in in class discussions. Also the capacity to do a close reading of theoretical texts as well as the capacity to debate and present will be developed.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation consists of two parts. (1) Firstly, there will be a permanent evaluation based on the participation of the student during the seminar (for example by paper-presentations during class or through the active participation during discussions) which will count for 40% of the final grade. Given that this is a seminar, attendance and active participation by the student are an essential part of the evaluation. In case of an enrollment for the August-exam session the grade for participation will be kept. (2) Second, there is a final paper that will count for 60% of the grade.
Other information
English proficiency, both active and passive, is required, as well as a minimal knowledge of Europe and its history.
Bibliography
Des textes à lire vont être mis à disposition de l’étudiantsur « moodle ».
Mandatory reading materials will be made available to students on “moodle”.
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in European Studies