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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsIt is an interesting time to study Europe. It is an interesting time to rethink what Europe is and what it should become. It is an interesting time to study Europe beyond the European Union. Against the backdrop of the anti-austerity or anti-governmental protests in Athens, Madrid, or Sarajevo and Brussels, against the backdrop of immigration, the Paris attacks, Euromaidan, the Grexit and the Brexit campaigns, more and more voices are saying that decision making in the European Union has been a set of historical mistakes, one after another.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsThe ongoing challenges faced by the European political project are presented rather pessimistically as an utter failure in a bold experiment of establishing a political organisation beyond the nation-state, the alternative being either a return to nations or formulation of novel forms of postnational democracy. We disagree. We think that observing the challenges faced by Europe, solely within the scope of the European Union does not do justice to the problem. It also prevents us from finding suitable solutions. We therefore start from a different premise-- from a premise that to understand present challenges, we need to observe European political institutions in the wider context of Europe as a civilisation project.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 secondsWe will analyse and explain the intertwined relationship between culture and politics in constructing and governing contemporary Europe. It is vital to understand how struggles over the meaning of Europe have shaped European contemporary society and how they will shape European future. My name is Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic. I'm a lecturer at the Euroculture programme of the University of Groningen, and I will be guiding you throughout this course. In this course, you will learn about Europe beyond the EU. You will challenge the established truths about Europe as old, white, originary, rational, tolerant, progressive, Christian, democratic, and powerful. You will learn that the various crises related to Europe and European integration have been made. And together we will search for suitable solutions for these challenges.

Skip to 2 minutes and 47 secondsSo join us on this journey.

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Welcome to European Culture and Politics! During this course, we’ll be looking at Europe from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, history, religious studies, political science and sociology. We’re looking forward to you sharing your own perspectives with the other learners.

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A changing Europe

After the recent Brexit referendum, the relations of the United Kingdom with the EU has become uncertain. As article 50 still needs to be triggered and negotiations are expected to take some time, we will currently treat the UK as a member of the European Union.

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European Culture and Politics

University of Groningen

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