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What is the European Union? How important is it in Global Affairs? Why is the EU expanding? What lead to the BREXIT vote and what influence will it have? Through the use of traditional and online teaching methods, this course introduces students to the identity, structure and function of the EU, its key challenges and its role and impact on the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Established after the end of WWII, the European Union has grown in size from the initial five members to now encompassing 27. With International Relations (IR) in a state of flux, in the midst of this change and upheaval, the European Union remains one of the world’s most important economic, political and social leaders. However, it finds itself needing to react to pressures both within its Member States as well as those outside and, like other actors, has been heavily impacted by Covid-19. What is the EU? Does the EU matter to us, in New Zealand and in the Asia Pacific? Do EU decisions and policies affect economic, social or other aspects of New Zealand? Is there a benefit for New Zealand to work in partnership with the EU? What about the current negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement? What impact will Britain’s exit from the European Union have? What has shaped Māori-Pākehā relations? The course offers an innovative pedagogical approach in its approach to biculturalism – through the use of interviews – the class welcome a senior iwi member who is interviewed about their perceptions of Europe. Hence, Ngä Taonga Tuku Iho is also acknowledged (Intergenerational Transmission of Knowledge). These and other questions will be discussed from a multi-disciplinary angle. The Course Coordinator, Dr Serena Kelly has received a prestigious Jean Monnet grant for this course. Professor Martin Holland, and Dr Milenko Petrovic are leading experts in their field and also contribute to the programme.
1. This core course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and ideas about the European Union providing an important framework for students intending to major in European and European Union Studies. On completion of the course students will demonstrate an understanding about how and why the European Union was created, how the EU works and what competences it has been assigned by Member States. In addition, students will be able to discuss the EU’s enlargement prospects as well as critically analyse the complexities of European identity.2. The course introduces students to a range of ideas, concepts and tools for analysing Europe and the European Union, which can then be fed into, and assist, with other fields of study. Students will emerge with a greater understanding of an important actor and leader in the world, the European Union, how it operates and the challenges it faces. The course encourages students to challenge ideas and stereotypes.3. Where appropriate, the course reflects on biculturalism. The inclusion of bicultural and multicultural perspectives will result in the students being competent in engaging in multiple perspectives of society, both locally and internationally (especially Europe). Students will also be able to interact confidently and appropriately with persons from a background different from their own as well as the ability to understand their selves and how this impacts engagement with others, tangata tū tangata ora, helping students to engage with global and multi-cultural contexts.4. The assessment is designed to encourage students to develop key skills for the workplace. All tutorials are based on ako (a teaching and learning relationship, where the educator is also learning from the student and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective). Oral presentations help students to develop their analytical presentation and communication skills, viewed as vitally important for their future careers and benefits the community.5. Students are encouraged to conduct an independent research report, interviewing community members about their perceptions of European identity. This enables students to not only develop key academic skills but means making connections with the wider community and promotes cultural understanding and awareness. A further assessment criteria – online forums – means students must develop their digital literacy in order to complete the course.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Although there is no set text for the course, supplementary readings are provided by the lecturers to be discussed in that week’s tutorial. Readings will be made available to students via the course page on LEARN. In addition, students are encouraged to keep up to date with what is happening in the EU on a day to day basis, particularly through a news feed from EUobserver.com.Almost all of the course information is available on Learn (Moodle). There is a page set up for every week. This is where you can find the reading materials for the tutorials as well as the recorded lectures and other weekly tasks.Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the euro Library Subject Guide
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences