European Political Science

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 254–265

The European Union Simulation: From Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to Student Interest

  • Christian Kaunert
Training and Teaching


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.


EU problem-based learning teaching 

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Kaunert
    • 1
  1. 1.European Studies Research Institute (ESRI), University of Salford, Crescent House, SalfordGreater ManchesterUK

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