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MOOCs offered by the Cultural Pluralism Research Area

MOOC is an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course’. It is a university course offered online and available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet.

In 2016 the Cultural Pluralism Area of the Global Governance Programme launched three MOOCs: ‘Cultures and Identities in Europe – Past, Present and Future‘, ‘Why Do People Migrate? – Part 1 and Part 2, and ‘The European Union in Global Governance‘. Developing further our online pedagogical approach and MOOC programme, in 2017 the Global Governance Programme is launching a new MOOC on ‘Cultural Heritage and the City‘, in partnership with Future Learn, the Social Learning Platform launched by the Open University UK in 2012.

 

 

Cultural Heritage and the City

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Jérémie Molho

Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain what is cultural heritage, its different types and how it has emerged as an area of public policy
  • Identify the key actors of cultural heritage governance
  • Evaluate the impacts of cultural heritage projects on cities
  • Explain the tensions between urban development and cultural heritage
  • Compare the governance of heritage in different cities or countries
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Cultures and Identities in Europe - Past, Present and Future

By Anna Triandafyllidou, Sabrina Marchetti and Hara Kouki

This MOOC questions what is ‘European identity’ and what we understand and promote as European culture. It explains fundamental European policies on culture, creativity and the media, with a specific focus on urban settings. The course critically explores the formation of diverse identities and cultures in Europe, by shedding light on the importance of past memories and shared heritages in this process. Finally, it illustrates the policy dimension behind European cultural and media industries and questions dominant economistic approaches to cultural creativity.

At the end of the course you will know…

  • Current debates on what is the ‘European identity’ and what is ‘European culture’ and what it means to talk of them in the singular or in the plural (cultures, identities).

  • Relevant terms and understand the relationship between notions of identity, memory, heritage, and culture.
  • Main approaches to cultural heritage and the public use of history.
  • European policies in the media and cultural sector.
  • Critical approaches to cultural industries: what are they? And why urban settings are so important for their development?
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Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou and Dr. Sabrina Marchetti

This course provides a general introduction to the conditions of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants worldwide (data, regions, etc.) and an overview of the terminology used. It then analyses specific cases in the most relevant geographical contexts, including the asylum seekers arriving in Europe through the Mediterranean, the undocumented Mexican migrants crossing the US border, the Syrian refugees in Turkey and the Rohingya in Australia. In discussing these cases, we will explore the dilemmas behind humanitarian protection and irregular migration for labour purposes. The course is based on video-lectures, didactic videos and podcast interviews with international experts. Assignments at home consist of short quizzes for each Unit and a journal exercise at the end of the course. Suggestions for further reading are included in order to achieve a more in-depth understanding.

At the end of the course you will…

  • identify the fundamental terminology and concepts used to discuss irregular migrants and asylum seekers
  • describe key case-studies of irregular migration and asylum seeking in the world
  • discuss possible future scenarios and the social challenges posed by these migrations.
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Why Do People Migrate? Part 2: Theories

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou and Dr. Sabrina Marchetti

The course approaches migration as a constant phenomenon in human history and examines its main supporting theories. It illustrates theories on people’s individual decisions to migrate and also the factors of migration as a structural feature of our societies. It explains the role of social networks and institutions in making people move to another country, or return to their own. Finally, it includes interviews with international experts that describe how migration theories can help to understand some topical case-studies of labour migrations in the world. The course is based on video-lectures, didactic videos and podcast interviews with international experts. Assignments at home consist of short quizzes for each Unit and a journal exercise at the end of the course. Suggestions for further reading are included in order to achieve a more in-depth understanding.

At the end of the course you will…

  • identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration
  • illustrate the main theoretical approaches that explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries
  • apply main theories to the interpretation of real case-studies.
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The European Union in Global Governance

Prof. Marise Cremona, Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann, Dr. Sabrina Marchetti, Dr. Joris Larik, Kolja Raube, Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou and Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters

The study of the EU as an international actor has become a key element in European and International Law, European Studies and International Relations. The EU represents the world’s largest trade power and aid donor, has a diplomatic service larger than that of most states, and has launched more than 20 civil-military operations. It has presented itself as a normative, global actor, and its emergence as a legal entity that is neither a state nor a classic international organization has both puzzled and fascinated legal scholars and political scientists alike. We represent a consortium consisting of the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Chair for European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. We have joined forces guided by the vision of providing cutting-edge expertise on the many facets of this fast-evolving topic to the greatest number of students

At the end of the course you will…

  • be able to identify and understand the main challenges of the EU and its Member States in the world today, and how they affect us personally
  • understand the means which the EU has at its disposal to tackle these challenges,  and learn ways to critically evaluate its performance
  • understand and be able to apply the key legal principles and political realities governing EU external relations, its relationship with its Member States and citizens, and the outside world
  • situate the EU as an international actor into the main theoretical approaches to International Relations, and harness these approaches to analyse current topics in global politics.

 

Course instructors 

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Jérémie Molho

Jérémie Molho