"Module 1: You and the EU – What does the EU actually do and how does it affect my everyday life?" herunterladen als:
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 (
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
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?
Based on the text about the everyday life of a teenager (
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 (
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
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“ (
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:
Finally, the students work out the text “The EU – A Political Monstrosity” (
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
A Interner Link: summary table concerning the schedule of this module is available.
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