Where does the EU come from? How does it work? What are the political, economic and cultural factors that push the integration process forward? What contradictions and power balances shall we grasp to overcome the trivial contrast between euroskeptics and euroenthusiasts?
The course approach these and other such questions. It offers basic info and insights and introduced the fundamental European issues relevant for all European citizens, whatever her/his work and ideas. The course includes 8 lessons made of short clips in whiteboard animation (with pdf and MP3 to ensure full access to contents to disabled people) and textual and hypertextual further insights.

The idea of Europe is ancient and its development can be followed along the two millennia that separate us from the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, as did the renowned historian Federico Chabod. But the idea of European unity and the actual process of integration and creation of supranational institutions is instead a more recent fact, which came into being as a result of last century’s world wars. This is a story largely unknown to European citizens, to the extent of being known through superficial notions and ideas. Yet it is one of the stories that concerns us more closely and in which we are actively involved, even nowadays. This is why the course speaks about it in an engaging manner: the history of European integration is simply our own history, which is still being written.
Twelve lessons trace the main stages of the Second World War all the way up to the challenges of the present day. Each lesson will consist of: a theatrical-musical clip, along the narrative of the recital ‘Europe: what a Passion! The tale of a stormy love affair’, an animated video that emphasises the essential information of each stage and a short in-depth lesson by an academic expert.

Our world is increasingly interdependent. Social, political, economic and cultural processes are more and more the result of the dynamics and interests of different governmental and non-governmental actors at different levels.
Really understanding the extent of contemporary problems requires a reading articulated on several levels, and this is the goal of this online course focused on the decade between 2007 and 2017 as a case study, featuring contributions by many experts from different EU countries and disciplinary fields, that is aimed at interested citizens in general but also journalists and operators of communication, which daily face this challenge.

European unity is an ongoing endeavour, where the creation of a new paradigm for citizenship is at stake – consequently, a new paradigm for citizenship education is at stake too, and this impacts the content of public education and the civic dimension of all kinds of formal, informal and non-formal education activities. In European states, after all, the right to free education was originally linked to the need for strengthening and transmitting civic values amongst the population. In the era of globalization, we are experiencing the structural crisis of this model while cosmopolitan alternatives still fail to replace it.
In our course, teachers and educators will find suggestions on how to fully understand the crucial role education about the European integration process can play in this respect, the role the European Union already started to play in the last decades, and some useful tips on how to transfer VLEU materials to the classroom and other educational contexts.