This course teaches and trains students in basic negotiation and debating, as well as in critical and analytical skills and techniques. It does so while dealing with a critically important emerging policy issue: Governance in the Arctic region. The goal is to make participants fit for negotiations, debates and high-level discussions in their future professional environments. We adopt a dynamic, participant-focused approach by combining workshops with practical exercises under the umbrella of an EU governance simulation.
The first part of the course provides an overview of the EU’s apparatus (for example will will look at the roles and powers of the main institutions, the limitations and challenges of the EU) and includes workshops on a challenging emerging crisis: Climate change and its growing impact on governance in the Arctic region. The second part of the course is a pedagogical exercise which provides an opportunity for students to experience the highest level of crisis management from the perspective of the main EU institutions: The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Participants will get to experience multiple roles at a European level, on a rotational basis. At the beginning of the simulation, participants will act as Commissioners operating under a given Directorate-General. Following that, participants will act as Foreign Ministers of an EU member state, having to design crisis management plans from the standpoint of their respective EU member state. In the final phase of the simulation, participants will assume the roles of MEPs and they will engage in meaningful debates on the Arctic region.
Examining a topic from different perspectives via simulation methodology provides a dynamic learning experience which enables participants to hone their analytical skills. In this simulation, participants will:
- Develop an understanding of the Arctic region and its challenges;
- Be able to produce policy recommendations for tackling complex, real-life challenges successfully;
- Gain a more holistic understanding of the EU bodies and their policymaking tools and capabilities;
- Enhance their confidence in their capabilities to operate in complex multifaceted environments involving a wide variety of stakeholders.
This course is primarily designed to be taught in-person. However, depending on current COVID-19 sanitary conditions, it can be modified to be taught online.