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About the 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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Dec 6, 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.


Oct 28, 2020

I found this to be very informative. The speakers are truly experts in their field. I can't believe you get this type of learning for free (provided you do not need the certificate).

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By Danai P I

Jan 8, 2019

I was very excited to take this course, but it is unfortunately rather disappointing.

Firstly, the course is significantly outdated, as most of the readings, videos, and materials predate the Juncker administration - so expect the information to be at least 4 years old. It does not cover current issues of European politics, such as the rise of Euroscepticism throughout the union or Brexit.

Secondly, even though it is advertised as an English language course, most materials are in French. Some videos - the ones provided by Sciences Po - are subtitled in English but rather difficult to follow. Other written materials are usually badly translated in English (I can only assume that they have been automatically translated). I do not recommend this to anyone whose French is not up to par

Overall, this course would have been great in 2014 for French speakers, but at the moment it is quite disappointing.

By Angela D

Apr 5, 2020

I was very excited to start this course because I am an aspiring international relations student, but was disappointed almost immediately. First, this course is advertised as English but majority of the material is French with English subtitles. Subtitles are fine, but the problem with this material is that not all things are translated - so the speakers are translated but the diagrams/charts/powerpoint slides are all in French. I am fine with using a right-click on chrome for google translation, but this does not work for the pictures which contain French text.

Also, the material, while very interesting, is very outdated. I don't know when this course was designed, but most of the material's diagrams and statistics are from 2012-2014. They project how perceptions of Europe might be for the future, but the "future" for this course is 2016, which is 4 years ago now. I don't think it it fair to pay for a course where the facts and figures don't even hold validity while I am taking it. I wanted to learn about the geopolitics of Europe today, not the geopolitics of Europe from 2014. I think there is a major gap of important material here.

Overall, the course material was interesting, but definitely not what I was hoping for. I don't feel I have learned much either because the assessments are quizzes between 4-6 questions that you could answer if you just googled them. I wish the instructors would update the course and then it would be more valuable.

By Vojtěch K

Feb 9, 2019

A good course for students from non-European territories - I would say "Europe for beginners". However, as a European student of International Relations, I have found only a limited amount of new information in this course. Furthermore, I am very disappointed that this course is not updated! There were some really important events in the past two or three years: the whole Brexit, Macron in France, the last term of Mrs Merkel in Germany, upcoming elections to the EP... That is a real shame. Therefore, I give this course only two stars.

By Valentin M

May 3, 2020

This course is in French with translation for some, but by far not all, important parts to English. This makes it the course of very limited use. Translation here means that one can read the script of the video or audio, making it a much dire tasks. I do not recommend this course to anyone below a B2 level in French.

I received my graduate degree from Sciences Po and I love the quality of education I received. But without overcoming the innate French disabilitiy to realize that most people out there don't speak French and that there's no use in making a course where SOME elements are translated, this institution will never become truly international.

Because it of very limited use for English speakers, this course unfortunately only deserves one star.

By Palina M

Nov 6, 2016

Very good basic course for everyone interested in the European Union. Here you can learn about the past and the present state of affairs in the EU, as well as get to know some future challenges. The course is filled with lots of EU-related facts and statistics and presents the EU from different points of view. I would say the course is quite a "light" one: there are no peer-reviewed assignments and quizzes are rather short and easy, but it definitely gives food for thought. Be aware that the videos are in French but with English subtitles.

By inesmaria

Apr 19, 2020

I am disappointed with this course.

Is outdated, information is up to 2015, a lot of European issues from the past 5 years are missing.

No chance for the students to reflect what we have learnt, like in other courses where you are asked to write an essay and then it is corrected and discussed between students.

Had to read the english subtitles in all the videos, so at the end this course is all reading for those who cant speak french.

By Amelia H

Sep 25, 2017

I signed up and was excited to take this course. However, when I started watching the videos, I realized it was all in French without English subtitles. I subsequently had to un-enroll. Courses should be labeled with the relevant language they're in.

By Petrus J M C

Aug 15, 2019

Many footages, readings are in French,

Missing links,

By Yakusheva D

Dec 7, 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 Steven W

Dec 1, 2022

Generally a good course - but the english transcripts of the video's is of poor quality for non-French students. The literal translations often does not capture the speaker's meaning very well and idioms and phrases are rendered in a literal way which in many cases was meaningless.

By Favier A

Nov 18, 2022

Il est aujourd'hui obsolète

By Oli

Oct 31, 2022


It's from 2014...

By Aimara P C

Mar 3, 2019

Considero que el contenido del curso es excelente, solo sugiero la necesidad de actualizar los datos que se manejan, pues algunos de ellos han cambiado sustancialmente, y por tanto, modifican el análisis que pudiera derivarse de ellos. Otra sugerencia está relacionada con las preguntas del QUIZ, serían mucho más interesantes si estuvieran dirigidas a la comprensión o análisis del contenido de cada lección, y no datos numéricos específicos que para nada determinan si el estudiante ha asimilado el contenido o no. Por lo demás el curso me resultó de MUCHÍSIMA UTILIDAD. Una herramienta MAGNÍFICA es el Game al final de cada lección.

By Kathy C

Jul 24, 2022

2016 is 2022 again! Coincidental timing on my part, this course was filmed in 2016 and talks a lot about the ramifications of Russia invading Ukraine.

And here we are in July 2022; Russia has invaded Ukraine to take even more land, and everything they talk about is applicable again, except now I have more background.

Very glad I took it, current situations make more sense now, including immigration issues in the EU, the ramifications of the 2008 Crisis, the relationships between countries,etc.

French with English subtitles (which I'm fine with), and I only watched the videos while exercising.

By Nino N

May 30, 2022

Thank you for this great opportunity to update my knowledge about Geopolitics of Europe.

Despite the fact that the course dates of 2014-2015, it analyses many currently valid and crucial questions about the politics, histrory, economics and geography of Europe in a very open-minded manner, taking in consideration the new global envvironment.

I reccommend this courss to all who whants to know more about Europe, its great countries and the perspectives the Europe has in its neighbourhood..

By Катерина Г

Sep 21, 2022

Як студентка географічного факультету, при Державному педагогічному університеті у Кривому Розі, я пізнала дуже багато нового для себе, особливо по політику Європи. Дякую розробникам за цікаві відео, шаржі, графіки. Це деяким образом полегшує поглинання нової інформації. Тести були як прості, так і двосмислові, над якими потрібно було замислитись, або ж повернутися знов до матеріалу задля перечитки. Я задоволена!

By nia n

Aug 19, 2022

Taking this course has become an outstanding and remarkable experience for me. I would never imagine learning Politics to be this fun. I loved all the reading and visual resources. I am especially pleased by the caricatures and their examination. Thanks to you, I got able to finish every week's assignment with the highest score. Thank you for your time and hard work.

Yours faithfully,

Nia Nirakidze

By Guillermo

Jun 18, 2021

Es muy didáctico y completo. Ayuda a tener una comprensión integral de la situación geopolítica de Europa.

Aconsejaría actualizar el contenido y verificar los enlaces. Algunos llevan a portales de noticias que ya no están activos o remiten a artículos de opinión que piden una suscripción para leerlos.

Muchas gracias por su esfuerzo y tiempo para organizar este curso.

By Santosh M

Nov 29, 2020

Geopolitics of Europe is a very informative and enriching short tern course by Coursera for any professional to gain deep insight into European Union origin, integration and expansion policies along with other aspects of politics, economics, foreign policy and business relations between EU and other countries of the world.

By Juan S V

Feb 25, 2021

El curso contiene diferentes perspectivas respecto a las temáticas y dinámicas sociales, políticas y económicas de la Unión Europea. Expone como es vista desde el interior y las partes que la conforman y, también que influencia ejerce sobre el mundo y la percepción que se tienen desde diferentes rincones de esta misma.

By Pushkar B

May 9, 2020

Being a student of international relations, I would like to thank coursera and sciences po university to provide me the quality study material and interviews of high officials.

It helped me in understanding the core of the subject

By Ali A

Apr 17, 2021

Completed byAli Abd_elnabi Hamed Ebrahim

April 18, 2021

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Jan 14, 2022

Course should be update and revise for currently context (Course is 2015's context)

Overall, it's great course, since it's few institution to teach this course, which I personally interested.

By Daniel A C B

Oct 28, 2020

I found this to be very informative. The speakers are truly experts in their field. I can't believe you get this type of learning for free (provided you do not need the certificate).

By Fathima T P

Jul 24, 2020

This is an awesome course. And the presentation was good and informative. The course help us to learn more about EU. Thank you so much providing such a wonderful course.