About this Course
"Geopolitics of Europe" offers a dynamic program on both tensions and issues within the European Union, as well as its interactions with the rest of the world. Through maps, iconography, videos, computer graphics and role playing, the Mooc renders the main geopolitical issues appropriate to Europe while focusing on its representations around the world. Definitely multi-disciplinary, this Mooc offers the learners a real tool box built up through a combination of History, Geopolitics, Economics, Political science, Geography and Law. Format : The pedagogical program is both progressive and modular. It is composed of seven thematic blocks. Each block has a different scale and view point. Even though the main issue exploration in each block is thought as free navigation, each block remains marked out by specific steps : a mapping situation scenario, the study of a documentary corpus, a focus on the national perceptions, as well as an emphasis on the news. Please notice that some very limited content will only be available in French. The knowledge acquired in the first four blocks can then be assessed through a quiz and put into practice through the final serious game : a European scenario, a mission, and decisions to make...! Block number seven offers new analysis that will enable you to understand the latest events of the year 2016.
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100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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3 hours to complete

Week 1: The variable-geometry maps of the European territory : who and what determines/set the EU boundaries?

Within this session you'll discover that Europeans have created a great number of regional organisations such as the European Union, which is the most famous one....
Reading
6 videos (Total 16 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Philippe Perchoc0m
Thomas Raineau0m
The variable-geometry maps of the European territory : who and what determines/set the EU boundaries?9m
RIVA KASTORYANO: THE EU SEEN BY TURKISH PEOPLE1m
LUUK VAN MIDDELAAR: EUROPE SEEN BY DUTCH PEOPLE1m
Reading13 readings
In London, Angela Merkel stands for Europe10m
Comment on Angela Merkel’s speech in London on February 27th 201410m
Brussels, the unwitting euro-capital10m
Comment on the "Brussels, an unwitting capital" article10m
Europe, the European Council and Turkey, an interview with Louis Michel10m
Comment on "Turkey and Europe: Louis Michel's point of view".10m
The EU's expansion : Definition and background10m
The EU's expansion : The terms of the current discussion on the expansion10m
The EU's expansion : 3 national points of view on expansion10m
The interview10m
RIVA KASTORYANO: THE EU SEEN BY TURKISH PEOPLE10m
LUUK VAN MIDDELAAR: EUROPE SEEN BY DUTCH PEOPLE10m
When Brussels has to deal with an application in the stop : the Turkish case10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz10m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Week 2 : The european integration, a pioneer political and territorial project

Within this session you'll understand that the European construction is based couldn't exist without going beyond nationalisms and power relationships....
Reading
4 videos (Total 40 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
ENRICO LETTA14m
LUUK VAN MIDDELAAR: THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS9m
OLIVIER ROZENBERG: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN THE EYES OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONS7m
Reading13 readings
A pioneer political and territorial project: documents display10m
Address given by Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, on 20 September 1988, to the College of Europe's students in Bruges10m
Comment on Margaret Thatcher’s speech10m
Mohr’s Caricature on the Joschka Fischer’s European vision (in May 15th 2000)10m
Comment on Mohr’s caricature on the Joschka Fischer's European vision (on May 15th 2000)10m
Bronislaw Geremek’s Interview (Brussels, in June 11th 2008)10m
Comment on the interview with Bronislaw Geremek10m
A peculiar territorial and political project : The terms of the current debate on the European political project10m
A peculiar territorial and political project : Three national points of view on the European political project10m
ENRICO LETTA10m
LUUK VAN MIDDELAAR: THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS10m
OLIVIER ROZENBERG: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN THE EYES OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONS10m
The game10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz6m

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3 hours to complete

Week 3 : The major outer challenges for europeans by 2050 : What is the impact of the world on the EU ?

Within this session we'll analize the European Union reactions when it has to face 21st century's serious economic and geopolitical crisis....
Reading
3 videos (Total 29 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Riva Kastoryano commenting "the jihadist corridors"5m
YANN RICHARD ON THE TERRITORY AND THE EUROPEAN BORDERS8m
Reading11 readings
Update10m
The major challenges for europeans by 2050 : displayed documents10m
Greece: receiving migrants in Lesbos10m
Comment on "Greece : receiving migrants in Lesbos"10m
The jihadist corridors10m
Riva Kastoryano commenting "the jihadist corridors"10m
Switzerland: shocking posters of the populist right wing party deciphered10m
Comment on "Swistzerland: shocking posters of the populist right wing deciphered"10m
Energy Europe: the European Community of the Energy10m
YANN RICHARD ON THE TERRITORY AND THE EUROPEAN BORDERS10m
Brussels facing the migratory challenge10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz14m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Week 4 : Europe in the world space : between power, influence ans marginalization

Within this session different criteria to asses the weigh of Europe in the world will be presented to you....
Reading
6 videos (Total 70 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
EUROPE SEEN FROM GERMANY7m
EUROPE SEEN FROM UK9m
EUROPE SEEN FROM FRANCE15m
THE POWERFUL EUROPE?10m
IS THERE A EUROPE OF THE ENERGY?16m
Reading11 readings
Hubert Védrine: Europe, a normative power?10m
Comment on the selection of words spoken by Hubert Védrine on the notion of European power.10m
The High representative of the European Union for the Foreign Affairs and the safety policy, seen through press drawers.10m
Comment on Catherine Ashton's caricatures10m
The European construction is not hostile to the European Nation States10m
EUROPE SEEN FROM GERMANY10m
EUROPE SEEN FROM UK10m
EUROPE SEEN FROM FRANCE10m
THE POWERFUL EUROPE?10m
IS THERE A EUROPE OF THE ENERGY?10m
The game10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz6m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Week 5 : East-west VS north-south: the new dividing lines in Europe?

Within this session, we'll see which winning and loosing countries and regions in the process of European construction...
Reading
4 videos (Total 35 min), 16 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
MARC LAZAR7m
JACQUES RUPNIK4m
PHILIPPE PERCHOC6m
Reading16 readings
The dividing lines in Europe: documents display10m
The “Letter of the net contributors” to the President of the European Commission, on 18/12/201010m
Comment on the "Letter of Net Contributors" (December 18th 2010)10m
Economic convergence? The example of wage costs in Europe10m
Economic convergence? Comment on diagrams10m
East-West vs North-South, the new European splits?10m
Tomorrow will everybody be Latvian?10m
Comment on "Tomorrow will everybody be Latvian?"10m
Jean Quatremer and Greece10m
Comment on "Jean Quatremer and Greece"10m
Matteo Renzi calls for the European Union to change course10m
Comment on "Matteo Renzi calls the European Union to change course"10m
MARC LAZAR10m
JACQUES RUPNIK10m
PHILIPPE PERCHOC10m
The game10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz8m

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3 hours to complete

Week 6 : Europe in the eyes of the world : perceptions and expectations with regard to the European Union in large regions of the global space and to the emerging countries

Within this session we'll discover Europe seen through non-Europeans' eyes...
Reading
3 videos (Total 27 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
Reading13 readings
Europe in the eyes of the world: documents display10m
Europe and Official Development Assistance (ODA)10m
Europe and official Development Assistance (ODA) : comment on documents10m
Europe seen by a US academic10m
"The Pathology of Europe’s debt": comment on of B. Friedman’s text10m
Europe seen by illegal migrants from the Moroccan borders10m
Europe seen by illegal migrants: comment on documents10m
Europe seen from China10m
Europe seen from India10m
Europe seen from Morocco10m
PHILIPPE COPINSCHI10m
FLORENT PARMENTIER10m
The European Union with regard to revolutions10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz12m

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2 hours to complete

To go further: 2016 : The European Union crisis is getting more acute

In 2016, the European Union current affairs were troubled. The challenges analysed within the six sessions of the Mooc have become even more pronounced. These videos of analysis will allow you to integrate and to put these news into perspective along with the best experts....
Reading
16 videos (Total 150 min)
Video16 videos
Jacques Le Cacheux - Has the Euro crisis led to a more integrated Europe? Or to a Europe more dominated by Germany?13m
Jacques Le Cacheux - In July 2015 the European Union imposed on Greece a third assistance plan. This plan is extremely controversial. Why ?15m
Sylvain Kahn - Could we have foretold that the "Leave" would win?5m
Sylvain Kahn - The victory of the "Leave" is the Name for What?9m
Sylvain Kahn - What will be the consequences of the Brexit?10m
Camille Schmoll - Is the agreement signed between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016 shocking?6m
Camille Schmoll - Has the European Union been through a migratory crisis since 2015?11m
Camille Schmoll - Is the European Union a fortress5m
Camille Schmoll - Do women migrate to Europe the same way as men?5m
Yann Richard - Is the enlargement of Eastern Europe completed?5m
Yann Richard - Is the European Union borderless?8m
Yann Richard - Is the European policy of neighbourhood a massive failure?6m
Samuel Faure - The European Defence seen the prisms of the NATO or the Ukrainian crisis22m
Samuel Faure - The 2016 Europe of Intelligence is not the C.I.A!4m
Samuel Faure - Is Europe supposed to fight against Daech or to leave this war to the other nations?5m
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Top Reviews

By YDDec 7th 2016

This was one of the most interesting coursers so far, especially the Game part. I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to understand political behavior.

By AVDec 26th 2016

Excellente présentation générale de la construction européenne, avec une très bienvenue semaine 7 qui éclaire les événements majeurs de 2016.

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