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OAFP 5210 - Rebuilding Europe

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is a special cross-campus partnership, joining students and professors from three European universities: the University of Gothenburg, Charles University in Prague, and Sciences Po, Paris. Each year, students from the three universities work together to develop a common proposal to address challenges facing contemporary European governance. This year, the project focuses on the upcoming European parliamentary elections. Students will be assigned to small groups and asked to prepare electoral programs of particular political families. Once the party family positions are completed, students will negotiate cross-campus party family platforms. Finally, the students will attempt to form a parliamentary majority and define a common program. In doing this, students will be encouraged to consider and engage with previous work of “Rebuilding Europe”, which has focused on three issues central to today's Europe – 1) EU economic governance and fiscal coordination, 2) migration, 3) external security and the near abroad.


  • ROVNY, Jan (Assistant professor LIEPP, CEE – Sciences Po)
  • WAGNER, Paulus (Doctorant)

Pedagogical format

This is a course based on student interaction and initiative, the professor plays a role of an observer, note taker, and enabler.

Course validation

1) Students are randomly assigned to campus-specific party family groups. 2) Each campus specific party family group prepares a program logically associated with their party family & their region. The regions are: South West Europe (Paris), Northern Europe (Gothenburg), Central Eastern Europe (Prague). - Each group will first produce a press-release (1-2pg) outlining their aims, - Then each group will formulate a political program (3-4pg). 3) The political family groups will negotiate a common Europe-wide program (the different party family groups need to agree a common platform etc.) 4) The cross-campus family groups will seek to coalesce and form a majority (containing at least 50% of all students), and formulate a (short – 2-3pg.) common program 5) Those groups that do not enter the majority will formulate minority dissenting positions (explaining why they disagree with the majority). Students will be evaluated on the basis of their preparation, their documents, and participation during the meetings


Students are generally expected to do research in small groups (in the library and online), and discuss positions within groups, across groups.

Required reading