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SENT - The Network of European Studies

The proposed project is an ambitious, far reaching network about the status of EU studies today, as well as the idea of Europe as it is transmitted by schools, national politicians, media, films, etc. The results of the proposed work will unable the consortium to make practical suggestions for improvement and produce a large amount of quality output for dissemination. The Network of European Studies – SENT - will bring together 67 partners from all member states and candidate countries plus a number of associated ones and will further apply for an ERASMUS Mundus network in order to include the many relevant EU studies and scholars that are located in the rest of the world. SENT’s main goal in this first phase will be a mapping of European studies, to understand how EU studies developed in the different disciplines and the different countries, which directions they are now taking etc., in order to get a comprehensive review of the evolution of European studies over the last decades in the different disciplines and countries. We identified 5 disciplines where EU studies have particularly evolved: law, politics, economics, history, social and cultural studies. In other words we felt, as a result of the existing ACUME network, that to the “classic 4 “Jean Monnet” disciplines it would be worth to add a further one, that is social and cultural studies. The mapping of EU studies should also include a review of the most studied issues in EU studies today, of the main schools, of the most influential journals and books. Another issue that will receive great attention by SENT will be that of methodologies in teaching: which didactic approaches are most frequently used in teaching EU integration subjects? To what extent innovative and students-involving techniques are employed /ex simulation, PBL etc)? Are ITs and audio visual tools employed? SENT will first undertake a cross discipline and cross country comparative analysis, and then it will organize two workshops aiming at diffusing best practices in teaching methodologies in EU studies. Another question that will be looked upon is whether we can witness trends towards interdisciplinary approaches in EU studies (consider, for example, the growth of the studies in the fields of Law and Economics and the interaction between history and political sciences) and to transnational approaches (for example as a result of EU-sponsored joint degrees). Within it, the question of core curricula in EU studies shall be given appropriate relevance. Also, the question of EU studies at school shall be approached: is European integration a subject studied in primary / high schools in Europe? What is the idea of Europe that is transmitted to young people in schools? Last but not least, SENT shall study the impact of scholarly research on the idea of Europe, if and how it is transmitted by media, films, policy makers, opinion makers. Hence, are EU scholars successful in transmitting their knowledge to policy makers, opinion makers and citizens in general?
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