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EU-relevant MOOCs

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Back in 2011, when two professors from Stanford University decided to offer a free online course about Artificial Intelligence, they expected a few thousand students at the most to enroll, but by the start of the class they have more than 160.000 persons who wanted to attend the course.

Today, Massive Online Open Courses are very popular and there are several platforms offering online courses for free. Most MOOCS are modeled on traditional course materials, learning theories and higher education teaching methods. Coursera, Edx, Open2Study and Canvas are only some of the most popular MOOC providers.

In Europe, we can count on several  online educational platforms:

  • Iversity is a Berlin-based platform that collaborates with European Universities and individual professors.

  • OpenClassrooms is one of the leading French platform for vocational training.
  • FutureLearn is the first UK-led mooc learning platform that collaborates with several leading English and international universities.
  • Eliademy is a Finnish free online platform that allows educators to create and share online courses.
  • Fun is a French platform hosting MOOCS developed by French higher education institutions.
  • OpenUpEd, supported by the European Commission, is the first Pan-European Mooc Iniciative, including partners from at least 11 countries.

 

OUR SELECTION OF EU MOOCS

 

European Culture and  Politics

Providers: UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN

About this course: The course is a collaborative work of a multidisciplinary team from the University of Groningen, in partnership with the Universities of Göttingen, Krakow and Uppsala. We will revisit and tackle the perceived “truths” about the meaning of European identity and Europeanness. We will examine the ways in which cultural knowledge and facts were constructed to further integration processes in post-World War II Europe. You will analyse and explain the intertwined relationship between culture and politics in constructing and governing contemporary Europe. You will gain deep understanding of how struggles over the meaning of Europe have shaped European contemporary society and how they will shape Europe’s future. We will help you understand and identify the complexities of the contemporary crises of European integration and support you in developing novel responses to these crises.

Start date: Just started - Enrol now!

Link: http://bit.ly/2cM0G8I


European Business Law: Doing Business in Europe

Providers: LUND UNIVERSITY

About this course: This six-week course titled Doing Business in Europe is the second in a series of three exploring some of the main business aspects of European Union law. Besides providing learners with a sound knowledge base of European laws and regulations relevant to establishing and managing a company within the European Union, the course also explores business considerations within a broader perspective by including inputs from leading law practitioners in the field. More specifically, the course discusses strategic and financial considerations within Company law, as well as Labour law issues such as restructuring enterprises, working conditions and handling crises situations. The course also examines other legal areas such as Tax law, Environmental law and Private International law, and how they tie in to doing business in Europe. At the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of how to: · Understand the relevant regulations governing the internal European Union market · Establish and run a company within the European Union · Employ staff and recognize workers’ rights and obligations · Comply with tax regulations and environmental standards · Set up agreements and resolve cross-border disputes · Successfully analyse EU case law and draft case reports.

Start date: 3 October

Link: http://bit.ly/2dmEp24


Switzerland in Europe: Money, Migration and Other Difficult Matters

Providers: UNIVERSITY OF BASEL

About this course: In times of economic uncertainty and increasing migration within Europe, the relationship between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) is severely tested. Located in the west of the European continent, Switzerland is a small but wealthy country, which is surprisingly not a member of the EU. Did you ever wonder what the reasons for this are? And have you ever thought about what legal conditions govern this exceptional relationship?

Start date: 3 October

Link: http://bit.ly/2dva0jB


De la Granja a la Mesa: la seguridad alimentaria en la Union Europea

Providers: UNIVERSITAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

About this course: ¿Es segura la comida que ingerimos? ¿Pueden volver a producirse situaciones como la crisis de las vacas locas o la crisis de los pepinos en la Unión Europea? En este MOOC analizaremos la regulación del Derecho de la UE para conseguir tal objetivo.

Start date: 4 October

Link: http://bit.ly/2dJu933


Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Providers: HEC-PARIS

About this course: 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.

Start date: 10 October

Link: http://bit.ly/2cK0NUQ


European Business Law: Understanding the Fundamentals

Providers: LUND UNIVERSITY

About this course: The European Union is one of the world’s largest and most important economies. This five week course is the first in a series of three that will provide students with an insight into European Business Law. The series ranges from considering the basic structures and principles of the European Union to focusing on various specialized areas of law. Each course will give the students an understanding of the laws and policies that regulate the internal market of European Union, as well as relevant case law and useful inputs from leading practitioners in the field.

Start date: 17 October

Link: http://bit.ly/2dHqGWy


CoR MOOC 2016: EU budget and funding for regions and cities

Providers: Committee of the Regions

About this course: In 2015, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) became the first EU body to develop and deliver a massive open online course (MOOC) on Europe's regions, the EU institutions and policy-making. Building on positive feedback received from participants, this pilot edition will be followed by a second course in 2016 with more specific content providing further insights into the EU budget and funding for regions and cities. This year the course has been co-created with the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Start date: 31 October

Link: http://bit.ly/29Jukg8


Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Providers: HEC-PARIS

About this course: 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.

Start date: 7 November

Link: http://bit.ly/2fnhjLb


Geopolitics of Europe

Providers: SCIENCES PO

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. 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.

Start date: 21 November

Link: http://bit.ly/2fmXGQV


Europa e Diritto Internazionale

Providers: Ca'Foscari - Università di Venezia

About this course: Illustrare alcuni casi della giurisprudenza internazionale ed europea e alcuni argomenti di interesse generale, quali la lotta alla violenza nei confronti delle donne e il contrasto del terrorismo internazionale. Gli studenti coglieranno alcuni elementi chiave del diritto internazionale e dell’UE come approfondimento dei corsi curriculari o come aggiornamento su temi di attualità che riguardano le Nazioni Unite e l’Unione europea.

Start date: 5 December

Link: http://bit.ly/2cJYQYP


EU policy and implementation: making Europe work!

Providers: LEIDEN UNIVERSITY

About this course: European integration has become contested. People have become more critical of European policy and often seem to prefer local policy solutions in response to globalization problems. This becomes clear from the rise of Eurosceptic parties in many EU member states and it is also reflected in the results of several referendums. Earlier this year voters in the Netherlands said ‘no’ to the Association agreement with the Ukraine. In the UK, voters supported leaving the EU with a small margin. These developments make it important to clarify whether and how European policy is beneficial to you. So, how do you experience EU policy? Does it provide you with benefits? And if not, how can we change this? We will talk with experts from all over Europe to get insights from behind the scenes. You will learn how policy is transferred to member states, and we will discuss the challenges of this multi-level structure and focus on the main causes of policy failure or success. On this journey we will encounter actual policy: how easy is it to establish yourself in another EU-country? How do governments make sure that the air you breathe is clean? And who is responsible? In this course we work with leading cases that will help you put your knowledge into practice. You will also do research together in your own local setting. Research on implementation in which you can make comparisons between different countries or areas.

Start date: 16 January

Link: http://bit.ly/2epluRZ

EU policy and implementation: making Europe work!

Providers: LEIDEN UNIVERSITY

About this course: European integration has become contested. People have become more critical of European policy and often seem to prefer local policy solutions in response to globalization problems. This becomes clear from the rise of Eurosceptic parties in many EU member states and it is also reflected in the results of several referendums. Earlier this year voters in the Netherlands said ‘no’ to the Association agreement with the Ukraine. In the UK, voters supported leaving the EU with a small margin. These developments make it important to clarify whether and how European policy is beneficial to you. So, how do you experience EU policy? Does it provide you with benefits? And if not, how can we change this? We will talk with experts from all over Europe to get insights from behind the scenes. You will learn how policy is transferred to member states, and we will discuss the challenges of this multi-level structure and focus on the main causes of policy failure or success. On this journey we will encounter actual policy: how easy is it to establish yourself in another EU-country? How do governments make sure that the air you breathe is clean? And who is responsible? In this course we work with leading cases that will help you put your knowledge into practice. You will also do research together in your own local setting. Research on implementation in which you can make comparisons between different countries or areas.

Start date: 16 January

Link: http://bit.ly/2epluRZ