The European Union Simulation: From Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to Student Interest
Training and Teaching
First Online: 19 May 2009 DOI:
10.1057/eps.2009.8 Cite this article as: Kaunert, C. Eur Polit Sci (2009) 8: 254. doi:10.1057/eps.2009.8 Abstract
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that, contrary to a commonly held view, it is possible to teach the European Union (EU) in a way that makes students enthusiastic about the subject. The paper is informed by my experience of leading a EU simulation module, based on a modified problem-based learning (PBL) approach. The idea is to share my experience and prompt a debate on (1) how the EU can be taught in exciting ways for students, and (2) how an adapted PBL approach in the form of a simulation can significantly help to deepen students’ interest in the EU as a subject.
Keywords EU problem-based learning teaching References
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