Polls seem to indicate that voters in the UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU do not feel well-informed about the issues so this course is an attempt to remedy that.
Over 5 weeks we will look at
- What are the issues?
- Transparency, accountability and democracy in the EU
- People & immigration
- Wrap-up: Head or heart, where are you now?
We will be using dialogue techniques in the first week to find out what your concerns are regarding the EU and exploring these in the context of three main areas over the following three weeks.
At the end of the course, you will create an EU quiz that shows what you know about the EU.
There will be a live session in each of the five weeks.
We will not be covering every last detail about the EU and in fact will only have time to cover the basics but you will have an opportunity to follow up on those areas you find most interesting by using the additional information sources provided as a starting point.
Who should join me? What do I offer?
The opportunity to find out more about the implications of the UK referendum on membership of the EU in a respectful and open community. For example, I have stated that I am in favour of the UK remaining in the EU but I am open to discussion.
Those with a vote in the UK referendum
Those without a vote in the UK referendum but who might be affected by the outcome eg British migrants elsewhere in the EU and EU migrants in the UK or those living in other EU countries.
Anyone with an interest
I am British.
I have a stake in the outcome but no vote.
I wrote a factual textbook about the EU for vocational students in the UK 20 years ago. It's interesting to catch up on what has happened since then.
I moved to Denmark and had my two children there but my family remains British on the basis that we are part of a wider European communnity.
Why you should join me
This is an opportunity to discuss the issues in a safe, facilitated environment. We will use respectful dialogue techniques to make sure that all sides of the issues are heard.
I do not know all the answers but I hope that I can point you in the right direction to find the answers you need as we progress through the course.
Expect to use two to three hours a week on this course.
I will be recommending freely available resources from both sides of the argument.
The result of taking this course is that you will know more about the European Union and what might happen as a result of the UK vote on June 23rd. You will also have learned about some techniques for discussing political issues in a positive and respectful way.
This course does not prepare you for any test or exam.
Language of instruction: English