SENT is an ambitious, far reaching network about the status of EU studies today, as well as the idea of Europe as it is transmitted by schools, national politicians medias, films, etc. The size of the proposed consortium but, most of all, the quality, the skills, the past experiences and the commitment of its members will ensure the success of this project. The results of SENT will unable the consortium to make practical suggestions for improvement and produce a large amount of quality output for dissemination. SENT, the Network of European Studies brings together 70 partners from all member states and candidate countries plus a number of associated ones. Thanks to a grant from the Jean Monnet Action SENT is now covering the whole world. SENT’s main goal is to map European studies, to understand how EU studies developed in the different disciplines and the different countries, which directions they are now taking etc., in order to get a comprehensive review of the evolution of European studies over the last decades in the different disciplines and countries. We identified 5 disciplines where EU studies have particularly evolved: law, politics, economics, history, social and cultural studies. In other words we felt, as a result of the existing ACUME network, that to the “classic 4 “Jean Monnet” disciplines it would be worth to add a further one, that is social and cultural studies. The mapping of EU studies will also include a review of the most studied issues in EU studies today, of the main schools, of the most influential journals and books.Another issue that is receiving great attention by SENT is that of methodologies in teaching: which didactic approaches are most frequently used in teaching EU integration subjects? To what extent innovative and students-involving techniques are employed /ex simulation., PBL ect)? Are ITs and audio visual tools employed? SENT is currently undertaking a cross discipline and cross country comparative analysis on teaching methodologies. Another question twe are looking upon is whether we can witness trends towards interdisciplinary approaches in EU studies (consider, for example, the growth of the studies in the fields of Law and Economics and the interaction between history and political sciences) and to transnational approaches (for example as a result of EU-sponsored joint degrees). Within it, the question of core curricula in EU studies is given appropriate relevance. Also, the question of EU studies at school is being approached: is European integration a subject studied in primary / high schools in Europe? What is the idea of Europe that is transmitted to young people in schools? Last but not least, SENT is studying the impact of scholary research on the idea of Europe, if and how it is trasmitted by media, films, policy makers, opinion makers. Hence, are EU scholars sucessful in trasmitting their knowlegde to policy makers, opinion makers and citizens in general?
The concrete aims of the project are the following:
1. Mapping of European studies and the comprehensive review of the evolution of European studies over the last decades in the different disciplines and countries that will result from it will unable scholars and policy makers alike understanding which fields of work would need more attention in the future and thus will lead to better quality in European studies.
2. Improving the use of innovative teaching methodologies, including a widespread use of ITs means in teaching at EU affairs, in the different disciplines within EU studies, both in schools and universities, as well as to spread best practices in the field of teaching methodologies.
3. Promoting EU studies at school and by investigating the idea of Europe transmitted by the popular media, the films ect we intend to contribute to a better understanding of the concept of European citizens and to wide spread the knowledge of the main values embedded in the process of European integration. We are investigating weather EU scholars are successful in transmitting their knowledge to policy makers, opinion makers and citizens in general.
4. Encouraging the use of innovative teaching methods both in schools and universities, highlighting the cross-fertilization between the disciplines and the methods used following the development of the EU (e.g. use of cases in teaching EU law also in civil law countries, such as Italy and France). SENT aims at providing teaching staff with a forum, for discussion and exchange of experience on teaching methodologies higher education in order to upgrade their knowledge and skills when teaching European Studies.
University of Wroclaw, University of Turku, University of Siena, University of Montesquieu Bordeaux, University of Krakow, University of Cyprus, University of Bozen, University Fernando Pessoa, Universite de Provence, Universidad dos Acores, Polo Scientifico didattico di Forli, Pannon, University, Institut for Euroregional Studies Oradea, Bologna University, Bogazici University, Aarhus University, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna, Yasar University, Sciences-Po Lille, University of Leeds, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Maasticht, Universitary Institut of European Studies, Centre for the study of Europe Cbs, Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology, University of Limerick, Matej Bel University, IULM, University of Pecs, University of Coimbra, Tallin University, Centre for European Study Freie Universitat Berlin, Ankara University, Comenius University of Bratislava, Johns Hopkins University, New Bulgarian University, University of Bucarest, Institute for Slovene Literature and Literary Sciences, Minho University, Kaunas University of Technology, Centre for European studies Bifrost University, The Norwegian School of management, University of Cork, University of Malta, Panteion University, Linkopings University, School of Business Administration TURIBA, Charles University, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan, European Policy Center, Czech Technical University in Prague, Mendel University of Agricultural and Forestry in Brno, Universitа degli Studi di Padova, University of Bremen, University of Rzeszov, University of Szeged, Universitа di Genova, Universite de Luxembourg, Eotvos Lorand University, University of Economics in Prague, Riga Stradins University, Latvijas Universitāte, Bulgarian European Community Studies Association, Vytauto Didiojo universitetas, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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