Teaching European Union Politics

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Teaching European Union Politics

9781839103704 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Viviane Gravey, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen''s University Belfast and Christopher Huggins, Director of Academic Programmes, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, UK
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 83910 370 4 Extent: 278 pp
Why do we teach EU politics? What should EU politics students learn? What are the practical approaches and techniques to teaching EU politics? In response to these questions, Teaching European Union Politics analyses the interdisciplinary nature of teaching this broad subject and reflects on a wide range of educational approaches. It both advances the pedagogy and practice of teaching EU politics, and provides practical support for those looking to adopt innovative and learner-oriented techniques.

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Why do we teach EU politics? What should EU politics students learn? What are the practical approaches and techniques to teaching EU politics? In response to these questions, Teaching European Union Politics analyses the interdisciplinary nature of teaching this broad subject and reflects on a wide range of educational approaches. It both advances the pedagogy and practice of teaching EU politics, and provides practical support for those looking to adopt innovative and learner-oriented techniques.

Bringing together contributions from a number of leading experts from across Europe, this book’s comprehensive chapters focus on topics including comparative politics, international relations, history, law, policy and economics. In assessing diverse teaching techniques, such as problem-based learning, games, simulations, and study visits, it invites teachers to rise to the challenge of bringing critical perspectives into the classroom. The book asks teachers to consider how they should (re)shape their teaching practice to better equip students with a range of skills and knowledge for today''s turbulent world.

Providing detailed support for course development, this progressive book will prove essential for teachers and academics in European politics and policy, European studies, public policy, and international relations.
Critical Acclaim
‘This essential book brings together everything I appreciate in a volume on teaching politics: diverse, interdisciplinary voices; an emphasis on active learning in all its forms; and an approach that considers not only changes in the subject itself, but how that subject—in this case, the EU’s pathway in integration and policy—itself affects both teachers and students.’
– Amanda Rosen, Co-founder, Active Learning in Political Science Blog

‘The ambition of this collection is more than matched by its achievement. Bringing together leading scholars in European Studies both to reflect on this dynamic field and to guide the way in engaging learning for students, it highlights the rich community of practice from which we can all learn.’
– Simon Usherwood, Open University, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Robert Ackrill, Johan Adriaensen, Patrick Bijsmans, Mark Field, Carine Sophie Germond, Viviane Gravey, Karen Heard-Lauréote, Christopher Huggins, Mads Dagnis Jensen, Alexandra Mihai, Hanna L. Mühlenhoff, Owen Parker, Claudina Richards, Lise Rye, Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan, Eleanor Scarlett, Nicholas Wright
Contents
Contents:

PART I SETTING THE SCENE
1 Introduction: teaching and learning European politics in
a time of crisis 2
Christopher Huggins and Viviane Gravey
2 A field in crisis? 14
Viviane Gravey

PART II DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES
3 Mapping a discipline: interdisciplinarity and the core of
European Studies 35
Patrick Bijsmans and Johan Adriaensen
4 Teaching the European Union from a comparative politics
perspective 51
Mads Dagnis Jensen
5 Teaching international relations 63
Hanna L. Mühlenhoff
6 Teaching European Union public policy 76
Nicholas Wright
7 Teaching European Union law 93
Claudina Richards
8 Teaching European Union politics: the perspective of history 106
Carine Sophie Germond and Lise Rye
9 Integrating economics into the teaching of European
Union politics 123
Robert Ackrill
10 Towards a ‘critical-pluralist’ approach to teaching the
European Union 139
Owen Parker

PART III ACTIVE LEARNING APPROACHES IN
TEACHING EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS
11 Teaching European Union politics with technology 154
Alexandra Mihai
12 Active learning in European studies: the benefits and
challenges of problem-based learning 168
Patrick Bijsmans
13 Simulations: the affordances and challenges of an
immersive teaching tool 182
Karen Heard-Lauréote and Mark Field
14 Field trips and experiential learning in European Union politics 197
Christopher Huggins
15 University law clinics in practice: aims and implementation 212
Eleanor Scarlett
16 Analysing public policy in the classroom 228
Viviane Gravey
17 Teaching European Union politics beyond higher
education: the case of primary school education through
My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union 242
Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan

PART IV CONCLUSIONS
18 Conclusions on teaching European Union politics 255
Viviane Gravey and Christopher Huggins

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