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    Jean Monnet Module. The European Union: from the Beginnings to the Current Trends


    In September of 2015 the World History Department of Vladimir State University started the educational project on the history of the European Union funded by the Erasmus+ Program within the framework of the action “Jean Monnet Module”. The primary aim of the Project “The European Union: from the Beginnings to the Current Trends” is to develop a European Union history course which will be taught at the History Department Masters’ Program. The project does not seek to get students informed about all the details of the entire European Union history from the late 1940th up to the current period, but is supposed to get them acquainted with the major trends in the historical development of the European integration, as well as with the key issues of the current situation in the EU. Much attention is going to be paid to the issues which are either not well known by Russian students or currently inspire vigorous debates: the role of the EU founding fathers, the EU and religion, achievements and challenges of the Central and Western Europe countries integration in the EU, relations between Russia and the European Union, the European idea in the public opinion and public mentality, attitudes of different political parties and politicians towards the European integration issue, etc. This is supposed to be a discussion-based course implying active students’ participation in problem-based discussions supervised by the professor. Both graduate and undergraduate students are expected to be actively involved into research activities within the framework of the Project: to write graduation theses on the relevant topics, take part in scientific conferences, attend lectures of visiting scholars. 

     


    European Integration in the 2nd Half of the 20th Century. Practical Classes

    European_Integration_20_Cent.pdf


    European Union in the Late 20th – Early 21st Centuries. Practical Classes

    European_Union_20-21_Cent.pdf


    TV Interview about the European Union

    On the 29th of January, 2016 the Jean Monnet Module Project coordinator Aleksei Borzov was interviewed by the news program of the regional TV channel “Russia-Vladimir” about the Jean Monnet Module Project, current European Union Trends and EU-Russia relations. Opens external link in new windowWATCH THE INTERVIEW.

     


    The European Union and the Vatican

    On April 12th, 2016 lecture and discussion “The European Union and the Vatican” was organized by the Project team. The main speaker at the event was Attache for Cultural Relations of the Vatican Embassy in Russia, the fellow of the “Christian Russia” Foundation Giovanna Parravicini. In her lecture, the speaker paid attention to such topics as the role of Christianity in the European Union Founding Fathers' socio-political ideas and activities; Christian Democratic political movement and the formation of the European Union; religious symbolism of the European Union banner; current relations between the Vatican and the EU, relations between the Vatican and certain EU member-states. Giovanna Parravicini emphasized that “history lines and historical issues which are facing us” equally concern Russia, Europe and the world, and Russia with its rich and glorious culture is an integral part of the European civilization, and “Europe cannot be itself without Russia”. Summing up the results of the discussion, the Head of the World History Department, Jean Monnet Project team member Irina Lapshina expressed her hope that the reflections on Europe’s way to the unity would not only expand the knowledge of young historians attending the discussion, but also make history teachers-to-be think about their possible contribution to the general movement towards the future where hope and mutual understanding would exist. The event was attended by the History students and local public sphere figures, including representatives of political parties regional chapters. Opens external link in new windowWATCH THE VIDEO, PART 1; Opens external link in new windowPART 2

     


    Roundtable Discussion "Topical Issues of the European Union History"

    On April 28th, 2016 the roundtable discussion “Topical Issues of the European Union History” was organized by the Jean Monnet Project team. Speakers at the Round-table were 3rd and 5th year undergraduate students of the World History Department. The following topics have been discussed at the Round-table: the 1994 Agreement and cooperation between Russia and the European Union, role of Great Britain in the creation of the European Union, Robert Schuman and the beginnings of the European Union, Jean Monnet and European integration, Charles de Gaulle’s attitude towards European Integration, R.N. Coudenhove-Kalergi’s European idea, W. Churchill's views on United Europe, Konrad Adenauer and Western European integration”. The EU citizens from Poland and Italy, currently medium-level managers in a joint venture in Vladimir, Russia, took an active part in the roundtable discussion. They shared their opinion about European integration, views on economic advantages and challenges a nation faces while taking part in European integration. Opens external link in new windowSEE THE ACCOUNT OF THE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION in the personal Website of the Italian language translator Tatiana Trunova.

    The list of the research papers presented by the students at the roundtable discussion (the papers were written under the supervision of the Jean Monnet Module team members Aleskei Borzov and Olga Zakharova):

    • Guzheva Daria (student). “Influence of the 1994 Agreement Signing on the Development of Cooperation between Russia and the European Union”.
    • Voinovskiy Mikhail (student) “Role of Great Britain in the Creation of the European Union”.
    • Strizhakova Maria (student). “Robert Schuman: At the Beginnings of the European Union Creation”.
    • Rudenok Ivan (student). “Jean Monnet and Western European Integration”.
    • Filonenko Alena (student). “Charles de Gaulle’s Attitude Towards the Issue of European Integration”.
    • Eropova Ekaterina (student) “The Idea of United Europe in the Views of W. Churchill”.
    • Alekseeva Ekaterina (student). “R. N. Coudenhove-Kalergi’s European Idea”.
    • Bolshakova Diana (student). “Konrad Adenauer and the Beginning of Western European Integration”.



    Public Lecture and Question-and-Answer Session on the European Union History

    On April 25th, 2017 the Jean Monnet Module Project Team organized the public lecture by the visiting scholar, a major specialist on the history of France and European integration Galina Kaninskaya (PhD (History), Professor, member of the Association for European Studies). The subject of the public lecture: "The European Union: from Crises to Unity (the 1950s – the 1990s)". The graduate and undergraduate students of the History Department were present at the event. The lecture was followed by the question-and-answer session with the students. At the question-and-answer session such topics were discussed as the current challenges facing the European Union and the presidential elections campaign in France with its possible consequences for the European integration. 

     


    International Conference “Historical Experience of World Civilizations and Russia”

    On November 25, 2016 the World History Department organized the 5th International Scientific-Practical Conference “Historical Experience of World Civilizations and Russia”. As part of the Conference, the Jean Monnet Project Team (Aleksei Borzov, Olga Zakharova, and Irina Lapshina) organized the roundtable discussion “Current Trends in the Development of the European Union” attended by the History Department undergraduate and graduate students, as well as by secondary school teachers of history and secondary school students. At the discussion the students presented their research papers prepared under the supervision of the Jean Monnet Project Team members Aleksei Borzov and Olga Zakharova.

    The list of active participants and their papers

     

    • Borzov Aleksei (Associate Professor, the Jean Monnet Team member). European Studies and Questions of the Teaching of the European Union History at a University.
    • Zakharova Olga (Associate Professor, the Jean Monnet Team member). The Brexit Reasons Revisited.
    • Strelets Mikhail (Brest State Technical University, Belarus). Comparative Analysis of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance and the European Economic Community: Legal, Organizational, Conceptual, and Practical Perspectives.
    • Pelevina Vlada (student). Major Areas and Points of the Cultural Politics of the European Union in the 2000s.
    • Suslova Alina (student). Bulgaria’s Accession to the European Union and Questions of Cooperation between Bulgaria and Russia in the Energy Industry.
    • Guzheva Tatiana (student). The Trajectory of the Development of the Relations between the European Union and Russia in the Future: Dialogue or Alienation?
    • Guzheva Daria (student). Russia and the EU: the 1994 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
    • Voinovskiy Mikhail (student). W. Churchill’s and Anthony Eden’s Views on the Problem of European Integration.
    • Strizhakova Maria (student). The Attitude of the French Political Elite towards the Problem of European Integration.
    • Poskrebysheva Galina (student). The European Politics of the Margaret Thatcher Government.
    • Reshetnikov Evgeniy (History teacher of Boarding School No 1, Vladimir). The European Union and the ACP Countries: the History and Perspectives of Cooperation.

     

     


    The List of Graduation Theses on the European Union History (June 2018)


    Guzheva Daria. "Interaction between the European Union and Russia in 1994-2000".

    Abstract: The final qualification thesis has 76 pages. It consists of the introduction, three chapters, appendix, conclusion, and 84 items of the reference list. In this paper, the author examines the problems of the interaction European Union and Russia in the period 1994-2000. To study the prerequisites for convergence between the European Union and the Russian Federation, the paper reviewes and discusses the history of the relations between the USSR and the European Union. The thesis examines the integration processes in Europe and the capabilities of Russia's participation in them on the basis of official documents. A major part of the paper is the recommendations about the ways of teaching of the subject and the questions related to it in the secondary school History course. 


    Guzheva Tatiana. "The European Union and Russia in the Early XXI Century".

    Abstract: The graduation thesis contains 102 pages. It consists of the Introduction, three chapters, the Conclusion, 167 items of the Reference list. The research examines the problems of the interaction between the European Union and Russia at the beginning of the 21st century, analyses the evolution of the relations between Russia and the European Union, reviewes and analyzes the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation, the main problems of interaction between Russia and the EU at the beginning of the 21st century and prospects for future cooperation. The methodical recommendations were developed, based on the results of the work. These materials can be used for teaching in secondary school in the World History course.


    Krasilnikova Irina. "The Dinamics of the Development of the Economic Relations between Russia and the European Union".

    Abstract: The graduation qualification thesis has 84 pages. It contains the Introduction, three chapters, the Conclusion, the Reference list including 104 items of primary and secondary sources, and 18 tables in the Appendix. This work studies the dynamics of Russia and the European Union foreign economic activity. The problem of bilateral relations is examined using the example of the cooperation between Vladimir region and European Union countries. The third chapter is fully devoted to the exploring of the possibilities of the subject teaching in the secondary school profile history course.


    Pelevina Vlada. "The Questions of Cultural Cooperation Between the Europeran Union and Russia in the 2000s in the Recent History Course of Secondary School Education". 

    Abstract: The graduation thesis contains 83 pages. It consists of the Introduction, three chapters, the conclusion, the notes, 55 items of the bibliographic list and appendices. The subject of the thesis is the questions of cultural cooperation of the European Union and Russia in the 2000s in the secondary school course recent history. In this paper, the main areas of cooperation between Russia and the European Union in the field of education and culture are examined. Also, the work studies the formation of the single European cultural and educational space. In the methodological part, the author analyzes the federal standards, reveales the degree of presentation of the subject in secondary school textbooks recommended by the Ministry of Education, and developes a lesson and a system of tasks which include the materials of the graduation thesis.


    Poskrebysheva Galina. "The Politics of Britain's Conservative Government Towards the European Union".

    Abstract: This final qualification thesis contains 79 pages, 0 illustrations, 1 table, 0 appendices, and the Reference list with 68 items of primary and secondary sources. The policy of M. Thatcher’s conservative government regarding socio-economic reforms in 1979-1990 and the problem of economic relations between the EEC and the UK are examined in this graduation thesis. The work consists of the Introduction, three chapters, the Conclusion, notes and references. The introduction substantiates the relevance of the topic for historical science and school education: the scarcity of some aspects of the topic in the Russian historiography and the consideration of the idea of correlation of internal reforms with the general direction of the European policy of the British government. The main purpose of this work is to study the policy of M. Thatcher’s conservative government regarding the most important internal and foreign policy issues. The thesis also develops the guidelines for the use of materials of the paper in the secondary school course of history. The main tasks of the research are the following: to consider the process of reforming the socio-economic sector in 1979-1990; to study the problem of economic relations between the EEC and the UK; to develop materials for school courses of history. The first chapter discusses the main social reforms in the UK in 1979-1990, their nature and results. The second chapter analyzes the policy of M. Thatcher’s conservative government in relation to the most important problems of European integration, shows the place of the ideas about national priorities in the system of beliefs of the PM. The third chapter offers the opportunity of including materials of the research in the school history course and after-classes activity. In the Conclusion it is said that the period 1979-1990 was marked by major changes in the economic, social and foreign policy in the UK. Some conclusions have been made about Margaret Thatcher’s political goals and views. 


    Strizhakova Maria. "The Role of the French Political Elite in the Formation of the European Union".

    Abstract: The graduation thesis contains 79 pages, 1 table, and 64 items of primary and secondary sources. This research is devoted to the studying of the role of political elite of France in the European Union foundation and development. The thesis consists of the Introduction, three chapters, the Conclusion, the notes and the Reference list. In the Introduction the relevance of the research for historical sciences and school education is analyzed. The main aims and objectives of the research are also outlined in this section. The thesis aims at studying the process of the EU formation, the significance of the Schuman Declaration for this process, and the possibility of including this topic into secondary school curriculum. The main objectives of the research are the following: to trace the historical process of the EU formation, to study the sources on the European Coal and Steel Community foundation, analyze Robert Schumann’s role in the European Coal and Steel Community formation, review the possibility of the topic application in the secondary school curriculum. The first chapter describes the process of ECSC establishment and the impact of “The Schumann Declaration”. The second chapter focuses on Charles de Gaulle’s and Jean Monet’s role in the presented issue, and the third chapter introduces the ways of practical application of the topic in secondary school history education. Conclusion is devoted to describing the process of the unified economic area formation. The views of the political elite of France in the 20th century are also presented. Robert Schumann’s political views are analyzed. 


    Suslova Alina. "The Problems of South-Eastern Europe Countries integration into the European Union in 2000-2013 (Case-Study: Bulgaria) in the Secondary School History Curriculum".

    Abstract: The graduation thesis studies the main stages of Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union. The work also includes an analysis of the country's political, economic and social development during the period of European integration and cooperation with Russia. In the methodical chapter the Federal standards are analyzed, the degree of coverage of the topic of the work in school textbooks recommended by the Ministry of Education is revealed and the lesson which contains the materials of the research is developed. 

     

     

     

     


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