“Understanding Europe” – An HEC Paris MOOC designed to empower EU citizens

13 February 2014

The very first MOOC dedicated to the European Union will begin on February 18th 2014. It will be available via the Coursera platform. HEC Paris Professor Alberto Alemanno invites us to discover how the EU works and the opportunities which it can offer us; at a time of rapid digital innovation and collective intelligence, and with the European Elections approaching, Alemanno aims to engage citizens in European public affairs.


Alberto Alemanno’s MOOC, ‘Understanding Europe’, will be available from 18th February 2014 via the Coursera platform in English. It intends to bring about a necessary contribution to a renewed and democratic Europe.

It is in his capacity as HEC Paris Professor, researcher and recognised expert in European Law, and lobbyist for the Public Interest that Alemanno has come to be involved with this first MOOC, entirely dedicated to the European Union.

This course aims to combat the lack of understanding of the European Union by teaching participants how the EU works and why it exists, by responding to a number of key questions about the EU: ‘Why Europe?’, ‘How does European integration impact our daily lives?’ ‘What Europe can do for you?’ It also aims to present Europe as an opportunity not a constraint, and to change a political construction often perceived as abstract into a tangible reality.

Thrown into the inner workings of European Decision Making, the learning community participating in this MOOC will also have practical experiences of how the EU functions, and will be able to share their opinions on topics such as whether the EU should regulate the use of your data on social media, and how lobbying should be regulated.
Innovation within innovation, HEC Paris students and those from NYU School of Law will also present MOOC participants with their clinical work on projects aimed at shaping EU policies. This will thus allow both Alemanno’s ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ classes to ‘meet’ each other in order to share their thoughts and have a say on the most relevant European policies.

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