European Union and members flags

The Institute of European Studies at the University of Toronto organizes interactive workshops about the European Union, its history, economics and current affairs. The event, held at the University of Toronto's prestigious Munk School of Global Affairs, is aimed at secondary school students and their teachers and is specifically designed to dovetail with Grade 11 and Grade 12 curriculum.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of one of the major players on the world stage and to take back to the classroom a deeper understanding of the world of international relations and diplomacy. Events such as this one also offer excellent opportunities for high school students to think about their own educational and career plans further down the road.

The workshop consists of presentations by and discussions with scholars studying the European Union and representatives from the European member state consular corps. The high school students in attendance at this event are energetically involved in a series of small-group problem-solving activities followed by a de-briefing. Volunteer University of Toronto graduate students act as facilitators of the event.

More than 70 high school students (Grades 11 and 12) attended last year's workshop at the Munk Centre for International Studies. The themes addressed in the workshop were: “Overview of the EU”; “Understanding Treaties, Multi-governmental Perspectives, and the Process of Accession”; “Nationality, Citizenship, and Minorities in the European Union”; “Enlargement of the EU”; and “The EU and the World”.

The next workshop is scheduled for Spring 2013 and will be held at Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place. Our space is limited, so if you are interested in attending the workshop please contact us well in advance.