The Hebrew University Logo
Syllabus Simulation: Europe and Migration - 54827

close window close
PDF version
Last update 14-02-2017
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: european studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Mr. Louis Bernard

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: by prior arrangement

Teaching Staff:
Mr. Louis Bernard

Course/Module description:
HUJI EP students will be invited to apply their classroom knowledge of the European institutions in a simulation. 

Simulations are a very efficient training tool in European Studies : by experiencing themselves the difficulties of the decision-making process, students get a hands-on knowledge of European policymaking, its rules, and its constraints. 

In order for the students to learn as much as possible, the simulation will be constructed as realistically as possible.
The students will all be given the role of one of the 28 EU Member States. They will have to prepare their country's position on an official agenda which will be sent to them beforehand; and will have to negotiate their country's position during a day-long simulation of a Council meeting.
The Council represented will deal with economics, a very important aspect of European integration which is severely put to the test in these times of austerity. 

After an extensive period of online preparation, where students will be given reading material, they will submit an essay based on their countrys position on a series of measures. They will then be invited to amend this position, and to prepare their negotiation on a proposed Council meeting resolution. All this will be organized prior to the actual one-day simulation, so that students are wholly prepared when the negotiation begins.

The basis of the simulation will be: Summer 2017.
A very large number of migrants try and enter the EU. Some of the member states propose much tighter rules against this, and propose the immediate setting up of Hotspots, and migrant camps, outside of the EU.

Course/Module aims:
The students will learn the positions of the member states regarding the economic issues, their views on migration, the common market and the freedom of movement, the faith of the European integration, as well as the constraints of the EU decision-making process, linking necessary coordination (stemming from economic integration), which is severely tested in domestic difficulties, and reluctance from electorates.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Understand the negotiation process in the European Union
Advances his/her negotiating skills
Apprehend the difficulty of EU decision-making process on divisive issues

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Online preparation

Course/Module Content:
Online simulation preparation
Simulation briefing
Simulation attendance

Required Reading:

Additional Reading Material:
Economical press
General press about the migrant crisis and the EU response

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 100 %
see additional information

Additional information:
Position paper before the simulation : 30%
Final report after the simulation : 35%

Opening Statement at the simulation : 15%
Participation to the negotiation orocess during the simulation : 20%
Any additional information the students may find useful (course website address, additional requirements, comments regarding teaching hours, etc.).

Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.