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European studies at PKU — new course available

The European University Centre, together with the School of Government and the Centre for European Studies at Peking University, organizes the fourth edition of its course on European Studies. The program is designed for Master’s and PhD students at Peking University and focuses on Europe from a political, economical, social and cultural perspective.


The course is given in collaboration between the European University Centre (EUC), School of Government and Centre for European Studies at Peking University. The participating universities from EUC are Peking University, Aarhus University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Autonomous University of Madrid, Lund University, University College Dublin and University College London. Lecturers are from European member universities and are coming to Peking University to take part in the course.


The course gives 3 Chinese credits and will be develop during 13 weeks in autumn 2013 with a final examination seminar in January 2014. Lectures are open to the public; seminars are designed only for enrolled students. Previous studies in European Studies are an advantage, but not a precondition. The students are supposed to have English language proficiency to a level that enables them to follow the lectures and take active part in the seminar discussions.


For further information, please write to euc2009@pku.edu.cn.





13 September, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - Introduction to the course

20 September: visit to the Italian Embassy in Beijing

21 September: visit to a European institution in Beijing          

27 September, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - European Social Welfare

28 September, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - European Welfare States in a Global Context


11 October, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - The European crisis: critical political economic perspectives

12 October, 13.10-16.00: Seminar -The crisis in peripheral Europe: selected topics and media coverage

18 October, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - Brief economic history of Europe since 1918: episodes which influenced the current structure of the European economy

19 October, 13.10-16.00: Seminar -What we know (and do not know) about economic panics. The European experience

25 October, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - Economic Growth and Integration of Europe

26 October, 13.10-16.00: Lecture - Doubts (or not) over Europe


1 November, 15.10-18.00: Seminar - Economic Crisis and European Recovery

2 November, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Emerging Countries and European Recovery

8 November, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - From Religious Toleration to Moral Toleration: An Idea still Challenging European Thinking

9 November, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Toleration in liberalism. Its foundations and problems

15 November, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - The Status of the Humanities in Contemporary Europe: Challenges andOpportunities

16 November, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Gender, Literature and Social Change

22 November, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - European legal system

23 November, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Legal Issues in Europe

28 November: Lecture - Environmental/water management and protection I: The European approach

29 November, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - Environmental/water management and protection II: Natural risks (climate change, floods and droughts)

30 November, 13.10-16.00: Lecture - Environmental/water management and protection III: Transboundary waters


6 December, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - The Creation of Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the European Union, 1789-today

7 December, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Violence in the 20th century. European historical perspectives

13 December, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - The Communications Revolution in Early Modern Europe

14 December, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - The printing press as an agent of change / Group Research Projects and Digital Humanities as a Research Tool

20 December, 15.10-18.00: Lecture - Public opinion and Voting Behaviour in Europe

21 December, 13.10-16.00: Seminar - Theory and Analysis of Voting Behaviour in European Integration Referendums


Course coordinators

Associate professor Zhu Tianbiao (Vice Dean School of Government)

Dr Duan Demin (School of Government)

Drs Emma Lupano, Jan Olof Nilsson and Kjell Nilsson (European University Centre)



Professor Javier Alfonso-Gil (economy, Autonomous University of Madrid)

Professor José Luis Colomer (law, Autonomous University of Madrid)

Dr Jos Elkink (politics, University College Dublin)

Professor Jacques Ganoulis (environmental law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Professor Margaret Kelleher (culture, University College Dublin)

Dr Julien Mercille (economy, University College Dublin)

Associate Professor Kjell Nilsson (social welfare and social policy, Lund University)

Dr Marie-Luce Paris (law, University College Dublin)

Dr Ivan Pastine (economy, University College Dublin)

Dr Daniel Siemens (history, University College London)

Professor Antonio Vazquez-Barquero (economy, Autonomous University of Madrid)

Dr Alexander S. Wilkinson (culture, University College Dublin)





Peking University and the European member universities have established a European University Centre for cooperation in research and education. The cooperation includes various activities, such as:

(1) Increase the possibilities to establish joint research projects between the involved European universities and Peking University, within various disciplines and faculties.

(2) Increase knowledge of Europe and China by establishing courses in European and Chinese studies at the Master/PhD level.

(3) Arrange conferences at Peking University and at partner universities in Europe.

(4) Become a centre for researchers from the European universities and Peking University focusing on comparative studies between China and Europe.

(5) Become a platform for cooperation between the participating European universities, Peking University and other research universities and research institutions in China like CAS and CASS.

(6) Increase knowledge about European and Chinese university systems.

(7) Service for staff and researchers and general information to students visiting Peking University.

(8) Increase cooperation between the involved European universities, for instance in relation to joint courses/programs, Erasmus-Mundus External Cooperation Window etc, together with Peking University and other selected universities in China.

(9) Be of assistance regarding co-ordination of student and staff exchange between the involved European universities and Peking University.


The member universities of the Centre include:

Peking University

Aarhus University

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Autonomous University of Madrid

Lund University

Sorbonne University

University College Dublin

University College London

University of Milan

University of Vienna

University of Warsaw

Uppsala University





Room 204, Wei-Li Building, Tan Siu Lin Centre for International Studies, Peking University

Office number: +86 (0)10-6275 5387



EUC is located at the 'E' mark on the map (the west building of Tan Siu Lin Centre)



Picture of the building of EUC