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Crisis and Future of the European Union

Europe is in the throes of a crisis! There are many questions to ask and many reasons for criticism. Let’s have a discussion and consider the different viewpoints of the crisis, as well as talk about the role of Germany in the European game. We will also try to find different perspectives with excursions to political institutions in Berlin and on the streets.

Course periodJuly 1, 2019 - July 12, 2019 Session I
Category Social Sciences, Politics & Education
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2019, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee690.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)


This course will deal with the current crisis of the European Union, its roots and possible solutions. It will seek answers to questions commonly posed outside Europe: Why did Europe react so slowly to the crisis? Why does European crisis management seem so complicated? Why don't they just take firm decisions? The course will not offer definite answers, but will try to explain how the EU works and why it works as it does.

We will study answers mainly from political science and sociology, but will also take a look at some economists' and historians' arguments. By doing so, the course will highlight the specific role Germany plays in the European game. To this end, the course will also organise excursions to the German Parliament and to the representation of the European Commission in Berlin. Finally, participants will also be asked to interview ordinary citizens in order to gain a perspective outside of academia.

The primary aim of the course is to give participants some understanding of why the European crisis seems so difficult to resolve and of the role Germany plays in this scenario.


preliminary Course Program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 40 contact hours (one contact hour equals 45 minutes).
  • The lessons are held four times a week (see below).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.


Schedule (Track D)

Week 1

Monday: 9 am-12 pm
Tuesday: 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-12 pm
Thursday: 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-5 pm
Friday: 9 am-12 pm

Week 2

Monday: 9 am-12 pm
Tuesday: 9 am-12 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-12 pm
Thursday: 9 am-12 pm


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Master students and advanced undergraduate students (final year) of all subjects with an academic background and a strong interest in European studies, contemporary history, sociology and politics.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Timo Lochocki

Dr. Timo Lochocki is a transatlantic fellow with the Europe Program where he directs the research activities of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) on European diversity and party politics.

He studied social psychology and international politics in Germany, Norway, and the United States and holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics from the Humboldt University Berlin, where he is a lecturer for European Politics.

His doctoral thesis explains varying electoral advances of right-wing populist parties in Europe and was graded as summa cum laude. He has published work on European integration, migration, and comparative politics with a focus on left-and right-wing populist parties in academic journals, national newspapers, and for various think tanks.

In addition to his native German, Lochocki speaks fluent English and Norwegian, and has a working knowledge of French and Swedish.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin