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

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

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  • Introductive Level
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  • Week 1 - 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.
  • Week 2 - 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.
  • Week 3 - 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?
  • Week 4 - How does the EU work?
    The EU’s means of action. How does it work? Who does what? What are the strengths and weaknesses?
  • Week 5 - What can the EU do for you?
    From freedom of movement to funding opportunities, immigration policies, establishment, level playing field through competition law, getting you a job.
  • Week 6 - What can you do for Europe?
    The initiatives and instruments fostering civic engagement in the EU (public consultations, ECIs, Ombudsman, etc). In other words, the toolbox of the empowered citizen.
  • Week 6 - A Job for All (Optional)
    This optional module includes interviews with people who work closely within the EU
  • Week 6 - Clinic Section (Optional)
    This is the EU Clinic section.




Alberto Alemanno
Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Risk Regulation


HEC Paris is a French business school founded in 1881, managed and financed by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It is part of the HEC Group, an administrative structure created by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) in 1970, under the name Centre d'enseignement supérieur des affaires, to bring together the École des hautes études commerciales, the Institut supérieur des affaires (ISA) and the Centre de formation continue. The Centre de perfectionnement aux affaires de Paris became part of the HEC Group in 1999. The HEC Group offers a range of courses in management and entrepreneurship, including the traditional competitive Grande Ecole programme leading to a Master of Science degree, specialised Masters, MBAs, Executive MBAs, doctorates and professional certification courses (CESA).


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