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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....

Top reviews

YD

Dec 07, 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.

FP

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.

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By Danai P I

Jan 08, 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Firstly, the course is significantly outdated, as most of the readings, videos, and materials predate the Juncker administration - so expect the information to be at least 4 years old.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 Vojtěch K

Feb 09, 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 Angela D

Apr 05, 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 Yakusheva D

Dec 07, 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 Palina M

Nov 06, 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 Aimara P C

Mar 04, 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 Pushkar B

May 09, 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 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.

By Erick V d S

Aug 30, 2019

Ótimo curso! Adquiri conhecimentos suficientes para uma melhor interpretação e análise da complexidade da União Europeia em seus diversos campos de análise.

By Liliya M

Jul 12, 2020

The course is really interesting.

Some content were not available in English and some links were not more in use but I really liked the course !

By Alexandre V

Dec 26, 2016

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

By Ciaran P

Sep 25, 2017

An alternative approach to understanding the place of Europe in the world from a French perspective. Particularly enjoyable.

By Sara P G

Jun 18, 2019

Gran curso para entender la política europea. Los contenidos y la distribución de los bloques está muy bien.

By Yaman A M

Oct 20, 2019

Wonderful professors. I especially enjoyed having guest speakers. Absolutely recommended!

By Thomas d K h d K

Jul 13, 2017

Very interesting course, the real added value is the interviews from experts!

By Lucas A

May 18, 2020

Very good access to reading and the videos were also very useful.

By Dr. S P R

Jul 11, 2020

Very Good course on understanding Europe, geopolitics, EU.

By Moisés G L

Jul 08, 2020

El curso como inntroducción es muy bueno. Felicidades

By Jennifer Z

May 28, 2018

Thank you for fixing the issues with the second week

By Nena J

Dec 05, 2019

Very interesting and usefull course! Thank you

By Danial S

May 18, 2020

It is a very interesting and relevant course!

By JOHN Q

Sep 25, 2017

Interesting and fun course. Thanks so much!