Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

The future of Europe

The graduate course on the Future of Europe is the first Europeanship Multi-Campus course, one of the flagship initiatives of the CIVICA project, an alliance of eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences. The course critically explores the main European policy challenges and is designed and taught jointly by a team of professors from the different partners of the alliance. The course will be delivered synchronously across all the campuses of the CIVICA consortium as a series of live online lectures, integrated with local activities. On top of lectures, the course spurs students to work in teams across countries and disciplines, with the aim of completing a final capstone project assignment related to specific and concrete policy challenges. Lectures will start in Fall 2021, together with the capstone project.

Learning objectives:

While experiencing the unique opportunity of having direct interaction with some of the top scholars on policy areas across different countries and institutions, at the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Outline and critically appraise challenging areas of policymaking facing the European Union in the coming years 
  • Apply key concepts and insights from the relevant theoretical literatures to the investigation of contemporary European policy challenges
  • Explain and evaluate the dynamics which characterise European Union policy responses with a particular focus on responses in times of crisis
  • Identify and analyse the main economic, political and societal challenges posed by globalisation, climate change and the digital transition, as well as consider the evolution of the political systems within the European Union in response to these challenges
  • Working in groups, develop and propose in written and oral form evidence-based policy solutions to EU-relevant policy problems

CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European universities, funded under the Erasmus+ programme. It is an alliance composed of Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), European University Institute (Florence), Hertie School (Germany), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden), The London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.



  • Mark Hallerberg , Acting President and Professor of Public Management and Political Economy
  • Mark Kayser , Dean of Faculty and Research and Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics
  • Christian Flachsland , Professor of Sustainability | Director, Centre for Sustainability