|Provider||University of Hong Kong|
This Social Sciences course focuses on the function and status of national and European borders and the question of what it means to belong to a political community: who is in, who is out? How and why are people included or excluded? And, what, finally, is the future of a border-less Europe? There are no prequisites for the course, however it would be of particular interest to many professionals dealing with the EU whether they are EU citizens, or not.
The course will introduce participants to key political concepts such as citizenship, democracy, nationalism and sovereignty; historical concepts which have shaped contemporary Europe e.g. 1989 collapse of communism; an understanding of the multiple sources of the European project’s crisis; the impact of current challenges: coronavirus outbreak, Brexit and the north-south division triggered by the eurozone crisis.
Taught in English by a skeptical European who lived, studied and worked in Germany, Slovakia, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong, this course includes a number of interviews with leading scholars, practitioners and best-selling authors, including Timothy Garton Ash, David Goodhart, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, George Papandreou and Helen Thompson.
The course is free to audit, but might require a small fee to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.