Course author and teacher:

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies - China

Understanding the European Union

EURASIA Thematic Areas: The EU Itself

Number of Credits: 2
Level: MA


This entirely new course has been elaborated as a result of Dr. Yan’s participation in the second EURASIA training round held in Krakow, Poland on January 20th – February 2nd, 2019. He also had the opportunity to discuss its content and delivery with Bulgarian academics during the short-training round held on 1st -5th July, 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The course was subjected to accreditation procedures at GDUFS – China, approved accordingly and was successfully delivered in the summer semester of 2018-2019 as a common elective course for BA students from all schools and departments of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Learning ObjectivesLearning Outcomes Envisaged teaching methods and techniques Accreditation status: Feedback:
For students to:
• Learn about the historical evolution of the European Union, its institutions and policy making process;
• Understand European integration and its unique nature as a political system;
• Analyse the European Union policies in the political, economic, social, cultural and diplomatic fields;
• Apply the concepts, theories, methods related to European integration, and demonstrate capabilities in cross-cultural understanding and communication.
Students should be able to understand the EU as a unique actor in the world with a view to systematically studying the EU as well as its member states’ politics, economy, society and culture.
• Lectures
• Class discussions.