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About Understanding Europe | About Understanding Europe – Understanding Europe Spain

About Understanding Europe


Who leads the EU? Which rules and customs govern the common policies of the 28 Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament? What role do NGOs, media and over 500 million EU citizens play in all this?

Committe Work Uppsala Student Forum 2014 by Oleksii Prylipka 44The aim of the EU Crash Course is to give young people a basic understanding of European politics. In four-hour lessons, we aim at engaging up to 20 to 25 pupils of 4th ESO in an open discussion about current European topics and at encouraging them to partake in European politics.

Previous knowledge or coverage in your class on the EU are not required and the EU Crash Courses are offered for free.

Main Topics

In groups of 20 to 25 students of 4th ESO, the trainers of the Crash Course focus on three core fields:

  • Why does the EU exist? – Milestones in the history of the EU
  • Who is the EU? – Stakeholders in EU politics
  • What does the EU do? – EU Competences

The students work in small groups, are encouraged to ask questions, and reflect together upon the ways of influence the EU has on their everyday lives.