"Module 3: Elections to the European Parliament: Participating in Europe?! " herunterladen als:
The students …
can name the four EU organs (European Parliament, European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Council) and their compositions, tasks and competencies as well as their functional context. Moreover, the students can visualise and illustrate their knowledge by means of a scenic presentation or a chart.
can extract basic information about the Elections to the European Parliament (electoral system, similarities and differences among the member states, election principles, size and setup of parliament, voter turnout according to member states) from an animated video. Plus, the students can explain the information to their classmates in an
Interner Link: inside-outside circle.
work out the special status and functions of the Elections to the European Parliament. Moreover, the students can take a stance on the elections’ possibilities of participation and influence.
By means of the quiz themed “What do you know about the EU?” students are motivated to deal with their knowledge about the EU. The Quiz about the EU
Working Phase I: Working out the EU Organs
To solve the quiz, the students work out the text EU Organs
Memorising Phase I
In case the class works in groups, memorising can be can be achieved by means of a
There are various possibilities to visualise the information:
Scenic presentation: groups of 2-3 students impersonate the EU organs and elucidate their composition and tasks. Moreover, they demonstrate how the organs interoperate.
Visualisation by means of a chart (see samples in
Interner Link: M 03.03).
Visualisation by means of an animated video.
The visualisation’s results are presented and discussed in class. If they want to, students can play the quiz (
Working Phase II: European Parliament and Elections to the European Parliament
Now, the European Parliament as well as its importance for every EU citizens eligible to vote will be closer looked at.
Students watch an animated video tackling the Elections to the European Parliament
To support the students in structuring and processing the video’s information, they are provided with a worksheet containing questions about the video. Students can write down answers to the questions and take down notes. Students deal with the following questions in detail:
Who is allowed to vote? (every citizen residing in an EU member state, being of voting age; mostly 18 years, exception in Austria: 16 years)
When do the Elections to the European Parliament take place? (every 5 years, within a four-day period, with varying voting days in different member states)
What is actually elected in the Elections to the European Parliament? (Ministers of Parliament are elected, not as individuals, but by means of lists of candidates)
How do the elections actually work? (procedure, similarities and differences among individual member states, etc.)
Why are the Elections to the European Parliament important? In how far are they special? (EP= only organ of the EU which is elected directly by EU citizens)
Memorising Phase II
Students summarise the information they got from the video in an
The results are discussed in class.
Additionally, the students can test their knowledge by solving a crossword puzzle (
After discussing the results in class, the distinctive features and the importance of the Elections to the European Parliament are reviewed and examined. Students deal with the special features of the elections (direct influence by means of elections, since it is the only EU organ that is directly elected by the EU citizens; classification of Elections to the European Parliament = only part of direct participation by electing representatives in EP; as opposed to the possibilities of indirect participation by means of member states’ representatives in the European Council, for instance) In order to illustrate this, infographics can be used: Visualisation (
A Interner Link: summary table concerning the schedule of this module is available.
Wir laden Sie zu einer kurzen Befragung zu unserem Internetauftritt ein. Bitte nehmen Sie sich 5 Minuten Zeit, um uns bei der Verbesserung unserer Website zu helfen. Ihre Angaben sind anonym.
Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung!