EU Summer School for the Teachers – Challenges for the European Union: Is the Geopolitical Commission the Real Deal?

This two-day professional development interactive seminar is for secondary school teachers.

The ‘2021 EU Summer School for Secondary School Teachers’ will review recent developments in the European Union (EU), and link these issues with learning and teaching activities in Australia.

2020 has been dominated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Summer School will provide educators with an opportunity to learn more about the EU’s approach to tackling the pandemic along with the broad range of other issues.

The EU has set out to reshape itself into a “geopolitical force”. European Commission President, von der Leyen wants to lead a “geopolitical Commission” with The European Green Deal as the centrepiece of its strategy. Being the largest market in the world with the second highest defence spending, and the world’s largest development-assistance budget, the EU has significant transformative potential. However, the EU is limited by the fragmentation of the European power both between and within EU institutions and member states. The challenge of economic recovery from COVID-19 has exposed the need for greater solidarity amongst European leaders. At the same time, the pandemic provides an opportunity for boosting European integration internally and for implementing a new external geopolitical vision.

This Summer School will host a range of speakers.

The programme will be released in December 2020.

This event will adhere to COVID-safe guidelines.

As a result, places are limited so register now to ensure your place.

Hosted by the European Studies Association Australia New Zealand (ESAANZ) with the support of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University.