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Cancelled: 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 periodJune 29, 2020 - July 10, 2020 Session I
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
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, 2020, or when participant quota is reached Application period over.
Course fee680.00 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 studied Social Psychology and International Politics in Germany, Norway and the United States. In 2013 he finished his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin explaining why right-wing populist parties in Western Europe - like the German AfD or the French FN - rise or fall.

From 2014 to 2017 he worked as a Transatlantic Fellow for The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), stationed in Berlin and Paris. He hereby advised federal decision makers in Germany, France and the US on the new nexus between national party politics and international policy planning.

In 2018 he worked as James Knox Batten Visiting Professor for European Politics at Bard College, NC. In the same year he published "The Formula of Trust" ("Die Vertrauensformel") stressing the key role of Political Communication to prevent increasing societal polarization in Germany. Since 2019 he works as Executive Staff for the German Ministry of Health, advising Minister Jens Spahn and being responsible for International Policy Planning and Political Communication.

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