West European Studies | Model European Union
W405 | 4272 | Ai

The primary objective of this course is to gain familiarity with the
institutions of the European Union (EU) and their decision-making
processes. The course is structured to prepare the student for
participation in the “Midwest Model European Union” which takes place
in Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus in mid-April. Participation in
the simulation is required for the course. However, due to the
emphasis on the simulation, no final examination or final paper will
be required.

Political simulations in general offer one of the best and most
meaningful ways to understand the political, economic and
institutional pressures that politicians face.  Knowledge acquired
about the EU will be used to simulate roles of high-ranking EU
officials at the "Midwest Model European Union." The goal of this
course is to bring the abstract institutions of the EU down to earth
and to help develop an understanding of the real-life constraints
that politicians face in making policy decisions.