This is an online course delivered using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners.
This course on the European Union today will describe and analyse the institutions and processes within the European framework which goes beyond the European Union. In this course, participants will be examining different institutions like the European Union, the European Council, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) or the European Court of Justice.
This course will look into different membership of the European Union (full membership as well as different membership forms of Norway, Canada, Albany and Switzerland/Lichtenstein). It will explore the thinking behind the European Union and a different understanding of this Union. It will look at a political vs. an economic union or – in other words – a lose union of member states vs. a fuller integrated union giving up more and more sovereignty.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- report events of different European states on a timeline rather than on the development in each single state
- describe the social, economic and political changes in European history rather than on single states and societies.
It will be based on student participation where students will prepare discussions for the first half of each meeting, introducing changes and occurrencies in different parts of Europe and their similarities and differences. They will be provided with essential texts in advance. The second part of the meeting will be based on an in-depth analysis or new topics introduced.
This course is meant for students who are interested in a wider understanding of European history rather than an understanding in a more insular view of single developments.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Sven Griesenbeck
Sven Griesenbeck has a BA and Masters in Global Politics and a City and Guilds Level 4 Ptlls certificate. As a native speaker, he teaches German at Kent Adult Education, mentors students at Higher Education Level during their Dissertation period and supports them in identifying/retrieving information for their subject area and has experience in teaching Int. Human Resource Management. Also Seven works in a College Library in central London. Before coming to Britain, Sven worked on a junior management position in a medium-sized company in Germany and central Europe. Since 2006, Sven worked in Local Government as a Local Councillor, something which is helpful in the mentoring work in regards to students who are dealing and writing about (international) political economy.
The most enjoyable aspect of his work in Adult Education is the commitment of his enthusiastic students. they really appreciate their courses sand the topics studied - even if the topic can be sometimes tricky and difficult. Within Adult Education Sven successfully offers a wide range of subjects.
How will I be taught?
We shall use small group work, tutor input and discussion. The course will be based on provided readings of chapters and texts for participants to read prior to the class. The first half of the class will be a discussion about the literature provided. The second part of the class will introduce a new topic.
You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Plan.
What do I need to have with me?
Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in History or Europe, you may wish to bring note taking materials.
What can I do next?
There is a large variety of History and Arts courses at Tonbridge Adult Education. You can find courses on many historical topics, periods and subjects to suit your interest. Please ask your tutor for their next courses and enrol early to secure your place as courses are very popular. Alternatively, please speak to our Reception or visit our website www.kentadulteducation.co.uk for the full list of our History courses in Tonbridge.
What do I need to join the course
This course is meant for interested people who want to find out more about European history. A good understanding of English is necessary to read the texts provided.
Joining your course
Real time Online
Instructions will be sent to you by your tutor
If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code TON/92238/J/NC.
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