Lviv, Ukraine (Online) 17-18 September 2020

W1: Teaching and Learning Europe

Initially planned to be held on 19-20 March 2020, the First LEAP Workshop was rescheduled because of the pandemic Covid-19 and was organized by the IFNUL team online (via Zoom) on 17-18 September 2020. The Workshop “Teaching and Learning Europe” fully corresponded to the first research pillar of the LEAP project (i.e. educational component). It brought together during two days more than 40 people from 25 universities and other organizations of 12 states (Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Kosovo*, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), academics and experts in various fields, involved in European Union Studies and willing to discuss the state of the field in their respective countries and share their personal experience. The workshop also served to assess presented papers for the forthcoming special issue.

Guest speakers and paper-presenters elaborated on epistemological and methodological challenges of teaching and learning Europe at ‘the periphery’ revealing their regional/national specifics. All the LEAP Key Staff members from all the six universities actively participated in the discussions throughout two days sessions. The information on the Workshop was sufficiently disseminated, and several of interested external experts also had an opportunity to join the Workshop sessions. All submitted research papers and abstracts were properly circulated in advance among the Key Staff members of each LEAP partner, so that the discussants could also actively get involved into the discussion of suggested issues.

The Workshop provided a platform for exchange of academic experience and reflections on current trends in EU Studies in different countries at ‘the EU periphery’ (EU member-states and non-members). Structurally, it was divided into five thematic Sessions, three of which were held on 17 September and two – on 18 September.

  • Workshop & Seminar
  • 25 universities
  • Total 40 participants

Day 1 (17 September)

The Day 1 (17 September) of the Workshop was opened by Roman Kalytchak, its organizer and the LEAP Coordinator at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Başak Alpan, the LEAP Jean Monnet Network Coordinator (Middle East Technical University, Turkey). They briefly introduced the LEAP Project to all the attendants, both having acknowledged the importance of educational component of the project and underlined key challenges the EU Studies face at ‘the periphery’ nowadays.

Special guest speakers representing two Jean Monnet Networks were invited to offer their perspectives on the development of EU Studies in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus: Gabriela Pascariu from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania) and Andrey Makarychev, from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Gabriela Pascariu highlighted main accomplishments and challenges of Jean Monnet Network: European Union and its neighbourhood. Network for enhancing EU’s actorness in the eastern borderlands (2017-2020). Andrey Makarychev reported on the European Studies and EU's Post-liberal Governmentality, reflecting on the outcomes of Jean Monnet Network for Developing European Studies in the Caucasus (2015-2018).

Session 1:

George-Vadim Tiugea from University of Bucharest (Romania) in his paper Teaching and Learning Europe at the Periphery: A Romanian Perspective focused on the meaning of Europe “as an intellectual concept translated into pervasive reality” and argued that it should be learnt from different perspectives. Anar Valiyev, Jean Monnet Chair from ADA University (Azerbaijan), addressed main contemporary peculiarities of the European Union Studies in Azerbaijan. Ebru Turhan and Rahime Suleymanoglu from the Turkish-German University summarized the results of their research Mapping EU-Turkey Studies, having stressed upon some theoretical, methodological and thematic evolution aspects. The reflections on Teaching European Integration in Georgia were presented by Tamar Todria from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia).

Session 2:

Anna Slavko (Jean Monnet Module) from Sumy State University (Ukraine) having presented her paper European Values in Education (Pluralism, Equality and Non-Discrimination) discussed main difficulties and challenges which the Ukrainian educational institutions have still been facing in their pursuit to conform to European values. The group of Ukrainian academics Olena Tupakhina, Stanislav Cherkasov, Oleksandra Nikolova (Jean Monnet Module) from Zaporizhzhia National University shared their experience on Teaching European Values through Experiential Learning and elaborated on some of their researches’ outcomes. Erik Gunnar from Hemming Åland University of Applied Sciences (Finland) in his report on Centre-periphery Dynamics in Europe defined the notion of periphery and discussed the metaphors based on Bloom’s taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as useful tools for teaching European integration and segregation.

Session 3:

How to deal with the EU: interpretivism in case study teaching – the paper presented by Kateřina Kočí, Markéta Votoupalová (University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic) examines in-depth the case study method of teaching and learning Europe through the lenses of interpretivist paradigm. By employing a survey and semi-structured interviews with Czech academics and university teachers, the authors try to examine the type of case studies and the extent to which they are applied as a learning method. Lucia Boschetti from University "Aldo Moro" – Bari (Italy) revealed the results of her extensive study of the representations of Europe in history textbooks with regards to Italian lower secondary school. Her paper Teaching European integration in Italian upper secondary schools: the representations of EU in Textbooks examines the place of European integration in Italian formal curricula from 1960 until today and its implementation in the curricula as it has been perceived by textbooks’ authors and teachers. Svitlana Batsyukova from Kyiv (Ukraine) informed all the Workshop’s participants about the project “EU lessons for secondary schools of Ukraine” and highlighted its basic outcomes in her paper Learning EU at School – Requirement of the Time or Investments into the Future? Maryna Pichugina and Lina Artemenko (Jean Monnet Module) from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Ukraine) in their presentation Teaching and Learning European business models discussed specifics of EU Studies in business educational institutions in Ukraine.

Day 2 (18 September)

Session 4:

Tal Hasdai-Rippa from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) presented his research Europe Day: How Soft Power Can Teach «Europeanness» in Georgia and Ukraine, aiming at deepening the discourse on 'Europe Day' as part of the process of promoting the EU’s interests on its Eastern boundaries. In his presentation Challenges in Teaching European Union Law Cenap Çakmak from Anadolu University (Turkey) addressed main complexities in teaching EU Law, having shared his own experience and reflected on the Turkish context. Viktor Ladychenko and Liudmyla Golovko (Jean Monnet Chair) from National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (Ukraine) analyzed The Relevance of the Study of EU Environmental Policy and Law in Higher Education Institutions. Challenges and Problems in the Training of Judges in Serbia in the Framework of Harmonization of Legislation with EU Acquis were examined by Vladimir Medović and Jelena Vapa Tankosić (Jean Monnet Module) from University Business Academy Novi Sad (Serbia).

Session 5:

Erhan Akdemir from Anadolu University (Turkey) reflected on his university’s experience in Teaching and Learning Europe in Open and Distance Education. Sergiy Kyrylenko (Jean Monnet Module), having represented Medical Institute of Sumy State University (Ukraine), addressed key issues and problems connected with the ongoing process of bringing the Ukrainian higher medical education system to the EU standards. Igor Yakymenko, Oksana Salavor and Evgeniy Shapovalov (Project Jean Monnet Support of Associations) from National University of Food Technologies (Ukraine) focused on the key aims of their project Enhancing European Union Studies and Research on Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Ukrainian Universities and revealed their priority activities within it.

The LEAP Workshop “Teaching and Learning Europe” served as an excellent academic venue for examination and discussion the state of EU Studies in different national settings. All participants acknowledged potential opportunities for cooperation in the framework of the LEAP Project and noted the essential role of communication in forging future partnerships.

You can download the event programme from here.

Project Partners


Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union