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Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence - European Institute for Security and Justice
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Popular discourse in Britain often depicts the European Union (EU) as an ‘undemocratic and bureaucratic monster’ imposing its will upon the unwilling and ‘sovereignty-less’ member states. This proposed Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence (JMCE) will aim to change this perception most notably through its problem-based teaching and research approach. The JMCE builds on the Jean Monnet Chair in EU JHA, as well as a Jean Monnet module for a PhD Summer School. However, the JM Centre aims to broaden our analysis of European Security significantly beyond these areas, notably human security. The project aims to achieve the following teaching, research and event outputs: (a) the organisation of interdisciplinary sandpits events with academics and practitioners, particularly Statewatch, the FREE Group and the Scottish Refugee Council, (b) the establishment of an interdisciplinary Guest lecture series specialised in research on European security and justice issues, (c) the establishment of a Jean Monnet Public Engagement Lecture Series for the general public on Scotland and Europe, (d) the establishment of a Jean Monnet Adult Continuing Education Lecture Series, (e) the establishment of a Jean Monnet High School Academy secondary school pupils, (f) the establishment of a Jean Monnet PhD School, (g) the organisation of several substantive workshops, (h) the organisation of teaching European Studies as an undergraduate programme (including new modules, as well as established modules), and (i) the creation of a new Masters degree entitled ‘MLitt International Security: European Union’. All these activities require a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together experts in traditionally distant academic disciplines (e.g. European Studies & natural sciences, computer science, the environment, human identification, etc.). This experience will considerably enhance the understanding students, who would not normally come into contact with the EU.
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