Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who played on the beach with her friends.
Skip to 0 minutes and 21 seconds One day the princess was gathering wild flowers in a seaside meadow when she came upon a beautiful, elegant bull. She fell in love with the bull and followed him to the island of Crete. This princess was called Europa, and the bull was Zeus. It is her name that was given to the continent we now call Europe.
Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds Wait, really? Europe was a princess falling in love with a god bull? What does this have anything to do with what we read in the news, about Europe constructing self-driving vehicles or regulating model phone charges, about disintegration and the economic crises? In primary school, we learned that Europe stands for a geographical territory. However, maps can deceive. A country can become European if it plays its cards right. People and entire nations can be classified as old, new, true, difficult, or even easy-going Europeans. There’s even something called the European way of doing things. Europe is more than a continent. It means civilisation, political integration, and a way of life. This online course is about European culture and politics.
Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds A multidisciplinary team of educators from four different universities will help you see how Europe is reconstructed and negotiated. You will learn to define Europe in its full complexity, and you will learn how the problems contemporary Europe is facing have been made. Together we’ll think how to solve them. Join us.