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Module 1: You and the EU – What does the EU actually do and how does it affect my everyday life?

Europawahl 2019 (mehrsprachig) Didaktische Konzeption Modul 1: Du und die EU - EU im Alltag M 01.01 Entscheidungsspiel M 01.02 Die EU in meinem Alltag M 01.03 Animationsfilm zur Plastikmüll-Richtlinie M 01.04 Vom Entwurf zum Gesetz M 01.05 Die EU – ein politisches Ungetüm? Zusatzmaterial: Experteninterview Dr. Freise Info 01.01 Anleitung und Lösung Modul 2: Wissen & Einstellungen zur EU M 02.01 Karikatur: "Yummy" M 02.02 Alles Lüge? M 02.03 Zahlen zum Brexit-Referendum M 02.04 Brexit: Goodbye, EU! M 02.05 Musterfragebogen M 02.06 Arbeitsblatt "Hypothesen" M 02.07 Auswertungshilfe: Hinweise zur Datenauswertung M 02.08 Arbeitsblatt Datenauswertung Zusatzmaterial: Experteninterview mit Prof. Treib Info M 02.02 - Infos zu Aussagen Modul 3: Europawahlen: An Europa partizipieren?! M 03.01 Quiz zu den EU-Organen M 03.02 EU-Organe M 03.03 Visualisierungsbeispiele M 03.04 Animationsfilm M 03.05 Kreuzworträtsel Info M 03.01 Lösung zum Quiz Info M 03.05 Lösung des Kreuzworträtsels Modul 4: Vote! - Wählermobilisierung M 04.01 Wahlbeteiligung M 04.02 Wählermobilisierung M 04.03 Aktionsformen European Election 2019 (English Version) Module 1: You and the EU – EU in everyday life M 01.01 Decision Game M 01.02 The EU in my everyday life M 01.03 Animation Movie about the EU Regulation of Plastic Waste M 01.04 From Draft Directive to Law M 01.05 The EU - A Political Monstrosity behind Closed Doors? Additional Material: Expert’s Interview with PD Dr. Freise Info M 01.01 Decision Game Module 2: Why knowledge about the EU is important M 02.01 Cartoon: "Yummy" M 02.02 All Lies? M 02.03 Results of Brexit Surveys M 02.04 Brexit: Goodbye EU! M 02.05 Model Questionnaire M 02.06 Worksheet "Generating Hypotheses" M 02.07 Worksheet Data Analysis Additional Material: Expert’s Interview with PD Dr. Treib Info M 02.02 Claims in Brexit Campaigns Module 3: Elections to the European Parliament: Participating in Europe?! M 03.01 Quiz about the Organs of the EU M 03.02 EU Organs M 03.03 Examples of Visualisations M 03.04 Animation Movie: Elections to the European Parliament M 03.05 Crossword Puzzle Info M 03.01 Solutions: Quiz Info M 03.05 Solutions: Crossword Puzzle Module 4: Vote! - Activating Voters M 04.01 Turnout M 04.02 M 04.03 Glossary Didactic Methods Gallery Walk Inside-Outside Circle Jigsaw Post it Investigation Think pair share Growing Poster Élections européennes 2019 (Version française) Conception didactique Module 1 : L'UE et toi - l'UE dans le quotidien M 01.01 Jeu de décision : … vrai ou faux ? M 01.02 L’UE dans mon quotidien M 01.03 Film d'animation - la directive européenne sur les déchets plastiques M 01.04 De la proposition à la loi M 01.05 L’UE – un monstre politique derrière des portes fermées? Document bonus - interview d'expert M. Freise Info 01.01 Instructions et solution au M 01.01 Module 2 : Connaissances et opinions sur l'UE M 02.01 Caricature d'introduction M 02.02 Propos de la campagne sur le Brexit M 02.03 Résultats de sondages sur le Brexit M 02.04 Brexit: Goodbye, UE ! M 02.05 Questionnaire M 02.06 Fiche de travail "formuler des hypothèses" M 02.07 Aide à l’analyse de données M 02.08 Fiche de travail - analyse de données Document bonus - interview d'expert M. Treib Info M 02.02 Propos des campagnes sur le Brexit Module 3 : Les élections européennes - participer à l'Europe ?! M 03.01 Quizz sur les institutions européennes M 03.02 Les Institutions de l’UE M 03.03 Visualisation des institutions de l'UE M 03.04 Film d'animation M 03.05 Mots croisés Info M 03.01 Solution au quizz Info M 03.05 Solution aux mots-croisés Module 4 : Vote ! Mobiliser les électeurs M 04.01 Participation électorale M 04.02 Projets de mobilisation des électeurs M 04.03 Formes d'action Méthodes pédagogiques Cercles concentriques Classe en puzzle Penser, comparer, partager Travail avec des post-its Visite au musée Glossaire Liens utiles Les institutions de l'UE Le droit de l'UE Élections européennes 2019 Chiffres & faits À savoir pour les citoyens et citoyennes de l'IUE Transparence & lobbyisme Actualités Jeunesse & jeux Glossar Linksammlung Die EU und ihre Institutionen Gesetzgebungsverfahren und Rechtsakte Europawahl 2019 Zahlen & Fakten Wissenswertes für EU-Bürger/innen Transparenz & Lobbyismus Nachrichten Spielerisch & Jugendgerecht

Module 1: You and the EU – What does the EU actually do and how does it affect my everyday life?

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Learning objectives

The students …

  • are sensitised for the reach of EU politics and they realise what effect it has on their everyday life.

  • can name different areas of responsibility of the EU.

  • understand the process from draft directive to law by means of an example. They comprehend the synergy of different EU organs involved in the process of passing of a law.

  • scrutinise prejudices about the EU concerning opacity and influence of lobbyism.

Introduction Decision Game (Interner Link: M 01.01): What decisions does the EU take?

Decision Game (© Team Research with GrafStat)

Playing the decision game, the students are supposed to decide whether a EU regulation or directive exits or not. The decision game can be played online or in class by means of a work sheet (PDF). In this case, the teacher is provided with additional material Interner Link: (Info 01.01) comprising instructions, solutions and further information concerning the game.

Transition: In a teacher-class dialogue, it is highlighted that the EU’s doings and its impact on our everyday lives are often unknown to the public.

Working out of areas of responsibility: What does the EU actually do?

Method: Think pair share (© Team Research with GrafStat)

Based on the text about the everyday life of a teenager (Interner Link: M 01.02), which includes lots of details about EU regulations / directives, and using the Interner Link: Think-Pair-Share method students can work out different consequences for EU citizens of decisions taken by the EU. Students name 4 to 5 superordinate areas of responsibility / fields of actions of the EU. The results are recorded on post-its. They are collected, discussed and sorted (according to the areas of responsibility) in the subsequent classroom discussion.

The text includes links with further information which can be used complementarily for the work on the areas of responsibility, just as the known facts learned in the decision game (Interner Link: M 01.01).

Exemplary Working Out: How does the implementation of an EU regulation / directive work exactly? The animation movie about about the EU regulation of plastic waste Interner Link: (M 01.03) serves as an exemplary problem which is regulated on European level, however, the implementation varies in different member states, that is to say the consequences for EU citizens differ.

  • The directive on plastic waste is addressed from various perspectives (e.g. fisherman, environmentalist, tourism, holidaymaker, etc.).

  • Students deal with the directive and its consequences.

  • Results are discussed in class.

Additional text: “From Draft Directive to Law“ (Interner Link: M 01.04) illustrates the complexity of developing and implementing an EU directive or regulation respectively. Moreover, the text sheds light upon the fact that next to the EU organs and the member states, lobbyists have a bearing on the final legislation due to their advisory activity.

Memorising Phase: The results are discussed in class. Depending on the time available, students can conduct fictional interviews concerning the issue.

Interim conclusion: Students’ knowledge as wells as general public knowledge about the EU’s tasks and work is rather weak. Besides, the implementation of directives and regulations is quite complex and not necessarily transparent. Keywords: Opacity, lobbyism.

Text for consolidation:

Prejudices against the EU?! (© Team Research with GrafStat)

Finally, the students work out the text “The EU – A Political Monstrosity” (Interner Link: M 01.05) about opacity, lobbyism and the democratic deficit via 5-step-reading method. They face up to the fact that this very complexity may provide the base for common prejudices about the EU.

Additional material:

Interview Dr. Matthias Freise (© Team Research with GrafStat)

Interner Link: Expert's interview with Dr. Matthias Freise (WWU Münster) about the EU’s democratic deficit. In an interview Dr. Matthias Freise (Department of Political Sciences at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster) elucidates possible reasons for the often criticised democratic deficit in the EU. He further discusses opportunities to overcome it. The interview refers to many aspects addressed in other materials and consolidates them. Therefore, the interview enables a repetition and consolidation of the subject matter on the one hand. On the other hand, it allows for a better memorisation of the the information learned about the democratic deficit.

Conclusion Module 1: The module is supposed to rise the students‘ awareness about the fact that knowledge about the EU is limited and the appearance of the EU (its work and tasks) is oftentimes non-transparent. What does this mean for me? What about my knowledge about the EU? (Transition to Interner Link: Module 2)

A Interner Link: summary table concerning the schedule of this module is available.

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