Kursprogramm WS 2017/18

EU Competence – Public, Populism and Alternatives to Nationalism


  • Contextual knowledge of the political system of the EU, its institutions, integration and the role of media and public opinion
  • Competences of inter- and transdisciplinary analysis of media and political debates on the EU level
  • Methodological competences of qualitative research and scientific, essayistic and journalistic writing


Aims and Objectives

Brexit, Orbán, Edoğan, Le Pen, AfD – modern nationalistic and eurosceptical movements shape current debates about European integration. Young Europeans have to face the question how “their” EU should look like in the future. The aim of the seminar is to enable students to deal with the concept of “Europe” as well as the political system of the EU and issues of European identity, media and civil society. What are the current and future challenges for the European community, what are the alternatives to nationalism and populism and what is the role of media and the public opinion?


Teaching program

The seminar is organized as a lecture with room for debates and an interdisciplinary writing workshop. During the seminar each student is asked to produce his/her own text in English or German language (e.g. a scientific paper, an essay or journalistic article) dealing with an European topic that is going to be published as a thesis collection at the HWR Berlin. The lecturer is providing students with important facts and theories around European Integration as well as research and writing assistance.



Open to all. International students welcome. English language skills required.



  • Bieling/Lerch (2012): Theorien der europäischen Integration, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Hobolt/de Vries (2016): Public support for European Integration, The Annual Review of Political Science 2016, 19, p. 413–32. 


Lecturer: Anna Brüning-Pfeiffer

2 SWS /ECTS  1 – (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)
(Leistungen: Eine zur Veröffentlichung gedachte Schreibarbeit, sowie Präsentationen)