Pre-Departure Homework

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response: Learn how the European Studies Center is working under the current operational posture at ucis.pitt.edu/esc/covid.

 

HISTORY & STRUCTURE OF THE EU

  • How the EU Works (Required) - written in 2012, but updated in 2020.  A good and concise introduction to decision-making and institutions of the EU.
     
  • Guide for Americans- a bit out of date (revised to show 27 member states instead of 28, but includes an Ambassador's Message from a past Ambassador), but still a good additional primer written specifically for a U.S. audience.
     
  • Animated short film from The Atlantic Selects series “Voting in the EU” - created in 2019 in run-up for the last European Parliament elections. Written by European Constitutional Law Professor Tom Eijsbouts and animated and directed by Anna Eijsbouts.  Curated by The Atlantic
     


CURRENT ISSUES THE EU FACES AND TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS


EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

  • Europe's Green Recovery [video] - a conversation with European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 2, 2021.  (Strongly Recommended)


BREXIT

  • "What Does the Brexit Deal Mean” by Matt Bevington, 20 Jan 2021 for the UK in a Changing Europe (Required) (Note: This website is excellent and has a rich variety of resources to explore beyond this one article.)
     
  • “Update on Brexit” from February 4, 2021 at the University of Pitsburgh. Dr. Anand Menon, Director of UK in a Changing Europe, discusses the potential impacts of Brexit for Europe, the UK, and the transatlantic relationship (within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).


UKRAINE


RECENT CRISES IMPACTING THE EU


RESOURCES
The ESC at the University of Pittsburgh and the CES at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have numerous resources for educators available on our websites, which you should explore freely.

*NEW* - Templates for building your own lesson plan available (For use during Saturday workshop and post-study tour videoconferences.)
UbD Template (see also the annotated version)
Lesson Planning Template (with daily schedule) - K-12 or Post-Secondary