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ATS2275: The European Union: Challenges, Crises And Opportunities

Faculty of Arts

The European Union: Challenges, Crises And Opportunities

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The European Union is a unique historic and political achievement. It helped turn Europe from a zone of war into a zone of peace, and it contributed to the consolidation of democracy in the post-fascist and post-communist eras. Yet it is also a polity beset by crises. Following a decade that reshaped its borders, the EU now faces the twin crises of the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. Students completing this unit in Prato will gain a deep understanding of the origins of today's European Union and the pathologies driving it forward and pulling it apart. Using inter-disciplinary approaches incorporating science, law and economics students will simulate policy paths out of the EU's 'wicked' problems and leave Prato equipped to understand the forces shaping the EU's relations with Australia and the world.


1 - Quizzes - 30% 2 - Presentation - 25% 3 - Reflection - 5% 4 - Essay - 40%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

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