University of New York in Prague (UNYP)

Ramon Llull University, IQS School of Management, Barcelona

Summit Global Education Program


Course Syllabus


   EUR 324:  Introduction to the European Union            - Focus on Culture, Politics, Business, and Society



Course Description:

Course Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the main issues surrounding the ongoing political and economic crisis in Europe
  2. Appreciate the regional differences and tensions within the European Union (EU) in terms of culture and perspectives on role and future of the EU.
  3. Develop an understanding for the complexity and purpose of the various EU institutions.
  4. Understand the history of conflict in Europe that led to the creation of the European Union, and the role that the EU plays in maintaining and promoting peace.
  5. Be familiar with the various stages of economic and political integration that has taken place within the European Union.
  6. Understand the challenges (and benefits) of the Euro currency union
  7. Witness firsthand how the current ongoing crisis in Europe appears different to the citizens of the countries we will visit:  Spain, France, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary




Course Requirements:

Teaching Procedures and Methodology:

Required Readings:

Recommended Reading:

Components of Final Grade:

Grading Scale:

In-Class Presentations:  

Term Paper Project:


             Choose one of the following issues to investigate:

  1. Crisis in the Euro Zone (Greece, currency, etc.).  Possible items to consider:


  1. EU enlargement crisis related to the UK and their upcoming referendum on EU membership.  Possible items to consider:

  1. Immigration Crisis in Europe (as it relates to asylum, tolerance, integration, assimilation etc.).  Possible items to consider:

Term Paper Project - Deliverables:

Homework Assignments - Introduction to the European Union (Module):

Useful Websites:

Credit Transfer:

Host University:

Academic Integrity:


Schedule of Classes and Professional Visits:

Course Content:

     Module: Cultural Issues 

     Module: European Financial Crisis Issues

     Module: European EU Enlargement Issues

     Module: European Immigration Issues

     Module: European Foreign Policy Issues

     Module: Regional Trade and Integration Issues

    Module:  Global Issues and Debates, European perspectives

     Module - Introduction to the European Union

     Module - Institutions of the European Union



ITINERARY (Tentative):

BARCELONA, Thursday, June 9th, 2016

BARCELONA, Friday, June 10th, 2016

BARCELONA, Monday, June 13th, 2016

BARCELONA, Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

BARCELONA, Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

BARCELONA, Thursday, June 16th, 2016

BARCELONA, Friday, June 17th, 2016

BARCELONA, Monday, June 20th, 2016

BARCELONA, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

BARCELONA, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

BARCELONA, Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

BARCELONA, Friday, June 24th, 2016

BARCELONA, Monday, June 27th, 2016

PARIS, Monday, June 27th, 2016

PARIS, Tuesday June 28th, 2016

PARIS, Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

PARIS, Thursday, June 30th, 2016

PARIS, Friday, July 1st, 2016

LONDON, Friday, July 1st, 2016

LONDON, Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

LONDON, Monday, July 4th, 2016

LONDON, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

LONDON, Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

BERLIN, Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

BERLIN, Thursday, July 7th, 2016

BERLIN, Friday, July 8th, 2016

BERLIN, Saturday, July 9th, 2016

BERLIN, Monday, July 11th, 2016

PRAGUE, Monday, July 11th, 2016

PRAGUE, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

PRAGUE, Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

PRAGUE, Thursday, July 14th, 2016

PRAGUE, Friday, July 15th, 2016

PRAGUE, Monday, July 18th, 2016

PRAGUE, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

PRAGUE, Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

PRAGUE, Thursday, July 21st, 2016

PRAGUE, Friday, July 22nd, 2016

PRAGUE, Monday, July 25th, 2016

PRAGUE, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

PRAGUE, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

VIENNA, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

BUDAPEST, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

BUDAPEST, Thursday, July 28th, 2016

BUDAPEST, Friday, July 29th, 2016

BUDAPEST, Monday, August 1st, 2016

BUDAPEST, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Note:  Courses and Programs (itinerary, courses, professors, prices and more) are subject to change without prior notice.  The information provided in this document is supplied for purposes of planning only.  Actual course materials may be modified based on the professor's preference or on itinerary changes.

SYLLABUS:            EUR 324:  Introduction to the European Union           Summit Global Education - Europe 2016