Teaching the Teachers: Integrating the EU into NSW Sec School Curriculum

This workshop for NSW schoolteachers will consider how to integrate European studies and EU issues into the NSW secondary school curriculum.

About this event

This workshop for schoolteachers in NSW ‘Teaching the Teachers: Integrating the EU into NSW Secondary School Curriculum‘ will review recent socio-political developments in the European Union (EU), noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the EU’s approach to tackling a broad range of issues, and will provide an opportunity to consider how these issues can be covered in learning and teaching activities, and integrated into the NSW secondary school curriculum’.

This workshop is a two-day intensive program for teachers of:

  • History
  • Global/International Politics
  • Social and Cultural Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Economics
  • European Languages

Completing this workshop can contribute 12 hours of NESA Elective PD in the Priority Area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum. Addressing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this course can count towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This workshop will also provide a unique opportunity to engage with diverse expert speakers on topics that complement secondary school curricula.

We are pleased to announce these guests speakers:

  • Dr Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador to Australia
  • Ms Anne McNaughton, Executive Director at ANU Centre for European Studies
  • Dr Nina Marković-Khaze, Macquarie University
  • Professor Bruce Wilson, EU Centre of Excellence at RMIT University
  • Dr Emma Shortis, EU Centre of Excellence at RMIT University
  • Associate Professor Gosia Klatt, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Hon Professor Bruno Mascitelli, EU Centre of Excellence at RMIT, Fmr Prof Swinburne University
  • More speakers TBC

Themes covered:

  • A crash course in European institutions: the who, what and where of how the EU operates?
  • What does the EU stand for in the contemporary world?
  • How does the EU relate to the US, China, and the UK?
  • What is the European Green Deal?
  • How will Australia manage its relationship with the EU and the UK?
  • What will be the post COVID-19 challenges for the EU?

The program will feature interactive sessions with senior academics and practitioners, an interdisciplinary approach, and multiple case studies which can support learning in classroom settings.

Detailed program available in mid-June 2021.

Catering will be provided.

Free but registration is essential.

Background Info:

The EU has set out to reshape itself into a “geopolitical force”. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has stated she 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.

The EU, however, 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 pandemic has shown the need for greater solidarity among European leaders. At the same time, the pandemic provides an opportunity for boosting European integration internally and for implementing a new external geopolitical vision.


  • European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) *
  • European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University
  • The University of Sydney
  • With support from the European Commission.

* Formerly known as the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA)

The project is co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus + Programme Jean Monnet Activities: Agreement number 619941-EPP-1-2020-1-AU-1-EPPJMO-PROJECT