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Regardless of where you live, the European Union not only affects your life, but may also transform it. By learning how Europe works, a new world will open up to you and discover new jobs you never heard of. The European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of everybody’s life. We will analyze what the EU is doing for YOU regardless of where you live. We will also look at what YOU can do for and in Europe. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU. As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, in 50 years it accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize. The EU remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. Given its inherent complexities, this Course aims at empowering you on what Europe can offer and will enable you to discover jobs and opportunities you were not aware of. Indeed, throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You will also be able to interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content....
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100% online courses

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Approx. 25 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
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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....
Reading
9 videos (Total 46 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 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
Reading3 readings
Welcome to the course10m
Module Objectives10m
To complete the course...10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Why The European Union?40m
Week
2
Clock
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....
Reading
12 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 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
Reading1 reading
Module Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Who is the European Union?40m
Week
3
Clock
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?...
Reading
9 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 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
Reading1 reading
Module Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What the EU can do?40m
Week
4
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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?...
Reading
14 videos (Total 151 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video14 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
Reading1 reading
Module Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
How does the EU work?40m

Instructor

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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