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Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Why the European Union?

Setting the scene. An overview of the EU’s impact on your daily life, taking a critical perspective on the EU’s purpose but also highlighting the opportunities it offers.

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9 videos (Total 46 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Welcome to Understanding Europe3m
What is Europe: different points of view4m
What is Europe: the birth of Europe11m
What is Europe: the coming of age of Europe7m
Why Europe: Europe impacts your Life3m
Why Europe: The limits of European action3m
Debunking some of the European myths4m
What is the European Paradox?4m
3 readings
Welcome to the course10m
Module Objectives10m
To complete the course...10m
1 practice exercise
Why The European Union?40m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Who is the European Union?

Putting a face on the EU. Who is it? Who are its main actors? By whom is it composed?­ You will identify who decides in Europe and learn how to interact with its main actors.

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12 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
An introduction to the EU institutions3m
EU Institutions: the European Council4m
EU Institutions: the European Commission8m
EU Institutions: the Council of the European Union8m
EU Institutions: the European Parliament6m
EU Institutions: the Court of Justice of the European Union6m
EU Institutions: the European Central Bank5m
EU Institutions: the European Court of Auditors2m
The EU Member States7m
The EU Citizens6m
The EU Civil Society11m
1 reading
Module Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
Who is the European Union?40m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

What the EU can do?

Analyzing the EU’s powers. What can it do? How far can it go? In which policies is it involved? The EU’s major fields of intervention. What does the EU do for trade, agriculture and innovation?

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9 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
What the EU can do (on paper): competence11m
The limits of EU action: subsidiarity4m
The limits of EU action: proportionality9m
What the EU can actually do10m
A flagship of EU intervention: competition16m
Intellectual Property in the EU - part 1 - Basic elements of IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)5m
Intellectual Property in the EU - part 2 - Why the EU has developed policies regarding IP (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)8m
Intellectual Property in the EU - part 3 - Challenges for a modern IP system in the EU (Giuseppe MAZZIOTTI)6m
1 reading
Module Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
What the EU can do?40m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

How does the EU work?

The EU’s means of action. How does it work? Who does what? What are the strengths and weaknesses?

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14 videos (Total 151 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
14 videos
How the EU works: Introduction3m
EU policymaking: the sausage factory5m
Behind the scenes of policymaking: the EU Commissions's preparatory work6m
The EU legislative process8m
How the EU makes laws5m
The informal process: trilogues6m
EU rulemaking: comitology7m
EU Rights (Part 1): How are EU Rights enforced (Anne-Lise Sibony)12m
EU Rights (Part 2): In Case of Doubt: Questions to the European Court of Justice (Anne-Lise Sibony)5m
EU Rights (Part 3 ): Taking Effectiveness Seriously: Class Actions (Anne-Lise Sibony)6m
EU Budget (Part 1): organisation and priorities (Richard Crowe)10m
EU Budget (Part 2): revenue and expenditure (Richard Crowe)5m
How the EU works: conclusion1m
1 reading
Module Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
How does the EU work?40m
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Top reviews from Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

By SGOct 16th 2017

Absolutely loved it. I now feel that I know the basic structure and working of the EU, which is very useful to me considering I'm going to pursue my masters in France next year.

By HOAug 29th 2017

if you like to know more about the EU , its institutions this is a good course to understand its inner workings

Instructor

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Alberto Alemanno

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Risk Regulation

About HEC Paris

HEC Paris, founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is one of France’s oldest elite higher education Grandes Ecoles. Throughout its 130-year history, HEC Paris has consistently attracted individuals highly capable and talented, innovative and entrepreneurial, ambitious and open-minded, capable of becoming architects of a responsible world. What makes HEC unique is its conviction shared by the HEC community: knowledge determines the freedom and entrepreneurship required for a better world....

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