ONLINE COURSE: 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.

Course periodJune 28, 2021 - July 9, 2021 Session I
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsBachelor, Master
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline May 15, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee600.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


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. 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 Syllabus (PDF)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 40 contact hours.

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (50%)
  • group exercises (25%)
  • assignments and self-study (25%)


Track D

Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:

  • Course days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Time: tba - each session will last 2.15h and will take place within the time frame of
    12.30 pm - 6.30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+2)
    6.30 pm – 0.30 am (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    8.30 pm – 2.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+10)
    5.30 am – 11.30 am (Chicago time, UTC-5)
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.

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

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