Political Science | Political Simulations: Model European Union
Y351 | 17251 | Grau

Political Simulations: Model European Union (WEUR-W 504 / POLS-Y 351)

Spring 2011
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-2.15pm
Instructor: Martí Grau

Office: SPEA, 410K
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30pm-12:30pm, and by appointment

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to study the institutions and
decision-making processes of the European Union. In-depth theoretical
knowledge will be combined with a hands-on approach consisting of
simulations of the workings of the EU institutions. Course lectures
and readings will provide students with background information
regarding the key EU bodies. The issues at stake in primary EU policy
areas, such us environment, energy, institutional reform or
enlargement, will be debated via in-class simulations.

Throughout the course, students will be preparing to participate in
the Midwest Model European Union conference in Indianapolis on April
2011. Since 1993, student delegations from Midwest universities and
colleges meet every year to engage in plenary debates, conduct
informal negotiations, and exchange ideas over semi-formal lunches and

The conference—as well as the course that helps to prepare for
it—seeks to enhance students’ understanding of EU policies, and
political decision-making in general. In taking the course and
preparing for the conference, students will be reviewing Europe’s
current challenges and accomplishments, as well as examining the
sometimes divergent interests of the actors in play.

Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to Europe’s
responses to the economic crisis and the possibilities for working
hand in hand with global partners (i.e. the US and other major
players). While students will be focusing on the existing EU
institutional framework, the changes brought by the Lisbon Treaty will
also be highlighted to boost knowledge about the likely future
evolution of the EU as well as performance at the Midwest Model
European conference.

Martí Grau is a Visiting Scholar at SPEA-Indiana University and former
Member of the European Parliament, where he served in the Foreign
Affairs and Internal Market Committees, as well as in several
parliamentary delegations for relations with foreign countries
(including Canada, Japan, and the South Caucasus countries). He was
also Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. A
graduate of SAIS-Bologna, he has worked at the European Institute for
the Mediterranean in Barcelona and taught European Politics at the
Autonomous University of Barcelona.