Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

mooc1Would you like to study EU-related modules from the comfort of your home and at little or no cost? The EU Centre would like to highlight the following introductory MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course):

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Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You (Coursera, self-paced)

This course aims at providing participants real-life examples of EU action. It will also cover the basics about the European Union, such as its institutions and laws.

Regions, EU Institutions and Policy-Making (, December 2015)

Want to know how EU institutions function, how they work together and how all this impacts policy-making and activities at the regional and local level in Europe? Sign up for this course to learn how the EU works and what is the role of the European regions’ within it. You’ll learn about the scale of investments in local governments in the EU, as well as how EU institutions and the European Committee of the Regions stands up for the rights of citizen to ensure that local communities have their voice heard in Europe.

This six week course commences in December 2015 and is offered on, a European MOOC platform for online learning.

European Business Law: Understanding the Fundamentals (Coursera, January 2016)

This introductory course by Coursera/Lund University aims to provide students with the fundamental tools they need in order to be able to do business with the EU, whether they live in Europe or elsewhere. Students will gain an understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of European business law and how the EU’s Internal Market operates in a global context. They will be taught by researchers who teach the Masters’ Programme in European Business Law at Lund, as well as those who have experience from working with the courts and institutions of the European Union and in private practice.

The course will focus on topics central to business law and to economic analysis, such as free movement law, competition law, environmental law, trade law and state aids law. Students will also gain a general understanding of the European Union’s legal system and explore the basic constitutional foundations of the European Union. Furthermore, students will learn how to find and use EU legal material.

EU policy and implementation: making Europe work!

Bernard Steunenberg of Leiden University, an expert on EU policymaking and implementation, will guide participants through the fascinating process of EU policymaking in areas like air quality, residence rights and the posting of workers.

The basic features of this MOOC are short lecture videos offered in blocks of about 5 minutes with automatically graded multiple choice quizzes. The course also offers a unique insight from behind the scenes: participants will hear more about the policy dossiers they selected from experts. These dossiers address questions like: how easy is it to establish yourself in another country? What happens when your employer posts you temporarily in another EU member state? How do governments make sure that the air you breathe is clean? And who is responsible?
So are you curious to find out what Europe can do for you?

Other Courses of Interest

The EU Centre also recommends the following courses that are on EU-related subjects or has a course component about the EU. Some of these courses may be re-run in the future, so do keep track of these courses by signing up at the respective MOOC websites!

The Changing Global Order (Coursera, from October 2015)

This is an introductory course that introduces the main theories of international relations, illustrates how the global order is changing and discusses how various international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security. This course has a small component on the role of the EU in terms of diplomacy and efforts to prevent conflict.

The Law of the European Union (Coursera, date to be announced)

This introductory course on European Union law explores the functioning of EU institutions, its supremacy over national law and its direct effect, regulations and directives on anti-competitive pratices, and the rights that individuals have within the EU.

The EU and Human Rights (

EU treaties state that human rights are a fundamental value of the Union, and it now acts within an impressive array of competences. The EU is a therefore a major global actor in the field of human rights and has the potential to impact – positively or negatively – anyone’s human rights. This course teaches the basics of human rights and examines the EU’s own track record in the field. It will examine the factors that are key to making the EU a positive or negative force in human rights, the various actors that the EU must engage with to successfully promote human rights, and the key policy sectors (eg. trade, migration) in which the EU needs to address with regards to human rights.

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