Decisions and Dilemmas II

Exploring European Union History through the Lens of Contemporary Issues

Cover image: DonkeyHotey.

Project Aims

  • To promote competence-based, learner-centred, multiperspective approaches to history and citizenship education, in a way that shows the relevance and significance of learning about the EU nowadays.
  • To make students understand that policy makers had to take into account multiple factors and stakeholders, who ranged from the domestic to the global level.
  • To make students understand that policy makers had to take into account multiple factors and stakeholders, who ranged from the domestic to the global level.
  • To generate an awareness of the complexity and interdependence of international decision-making/diplomacy on a European/international level.
  • To analyze the relevance and resonance of dilemmas and developments since  1945 for Europeans today.
  • To make students understand contemporary issues in their historical context, seeing how dilemmas recur over time and how new challenges (can) result from solving other challenges.
  • To make students aware of the complexity and limitations of actions of the European Union and the influence of national governments on this.
  • To create an awareness of the shared responsibility of EU citizens and national governments rooted in shared values.

Expected Outcomes

  • One learning activity for each of the issues – economic imbalances; energy dependency; trade in a global context; the EU potential global power, and opening Europe’s borders for people.
  • One learning activity in the form of a scripted drama, on the ‘coming into existence of the European Community’.
  • A background document on how to make a decision making activity around a key issue for the European Union.

Project managers

Steven Stegers
Acting Executive Director, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Judith Geerling
Senior Project Manager, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Public Reports

Public Report of Strategic Meeting, 7-8 November 2015 Brussels, Belgium
Public Report of First Development Meeting 15-17 January 2016, York, UK
Public Report of Second Development Meeting 20-22 May 2016, Bruges, Belgium
Public Report of Authors Meeting 17-18 September 2016, Athens, Greece
Public Report of Third Development Meeting 18-20 November 2016, Budapest, Hungary
Public Report of Final Training Meeting 2-7 April 2017, San Sebastian, Spain

Contributors

Development team: Ute Ackermann Boeros, Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic, Kate Brennan, Guido Lessing, Kate Smee, Helen Snelson (editor).

Advisory team: Léonce Bekemans, Alain Servantie, Fernando Guirao, Chris Rowe, Robert Stradling,

Historical content support: Chris Rowe, Francesco Scatigna.