The teaching module consist of three courses. The courses provide a contemporary perspective on the European project through specific challenges faced by the EU. All courses are carefully designed with academic readings in order to make the courses more relevant, attractive and meaningful for new students to the topic of European matters. The courses embrace an interdisciplinary approach, with a particular focus on international relations, sociology and political theory perspectives.
The first course, The armed conflict in Ukraine: What is the role for the EU?, is designed to examine circumstances and the dynamics of the current armed conflict in Donbas in eastern Ukraine and to explore reactions of the EU to this armed conflict. The main aim is to understand the causes and implications of the armed conflict in Ukraine and to identify how values, ideas, self-perception and normative concerns influenced the EU decisions at all stages of the crisis.
The second course, The EU – Russia relations in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, is conceived as an in-depth and comprehensive study of the EU – Russia relations. The course explores the history as well as legal, political, economic and social dimensions of their mutual relations and it offers detailed analyses of the major areas of the EU – Russia divergence and convergence.
The third course, Social Capital and its Role in European Integration: The EU’s Response to the Events in Ukraine, aims to clarify social capital’s role in determining how the EU responds to crisis and whether it is able to act in a unified manner. The course examines a comprehensive theoretical framework for reflection on social capital, it introduces the development of this concept, it analyses the types and forms and it identifies positive effects of social capital in the context of integration efforts and reciprocal cooperation between countries of the EU.