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: BA


This entirely new course was 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. The course proved very successful which is supported by the provided video feedback.

Learning ObjectivesLearning Outcomes Envisaged teaching methods and techniques Accreditation statusFeedback
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.