Department of History and theory of International relations
Jean Monnet Action entitled «Germany in EU: A Story of Mutual Success » (project number 575316-EPP-1-2016-1-RU-EPPJMO-MODULE)
About the program
Jean Monnet Program aims at expanding knowledge about the European integration processes through teaching, research and debate on topics related to history, politics, economics and law of the European Union countries and the EU countries’ relations with other regions of the world. The key program objective is to bring the European dimension to the higher education systems.
The program was launched in 1989 and named for Jean Monnet who was regarded by many as a chief architect of European Unity. Currently the program’s geographical coverage has grown, and more than 800 universities in 78 countries throughout the world participated in the Jean Monnet actions. In total, around 4200 Jean Monnet projects in the field of European integration studies have been set up and funded.
In 2013 Jean Monnet Program was integrated into the new program of Erasmus+.
A Jean Monnet Module is a teaching program (or course, training module) in the field of European Union studies (a minimum of 40 teaching hours per academic year).
Modules may concentrate on one particular discipline or be multidisciplinary in approach.
Duration of project is 3 years.
More detailed information is available at Erasmus+ National Office in Russia website: http://erasmusplusinrussia.ru/ , at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/jean-monnet-activities-2016_en
Academic coordinator of the project “Germany in EU: A Story of Mutual Success” - Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the department of History and theory of International relations Alexei Sorokin.
The course is aimed at using Germany to demonstrate the example of what European integration means for a particular country, and why it has become an integral part of a German national identity in the course of its historical development.
The example of Germany allows, on the one hand, to personalize European integration thereafter to show how the development of "the European idea" was directly related to integration processes, their preconditions and consequences within a particular country.
On the other hand, the increasing importance of Germany for European integration, the role of the Federal Chancellors in the planning and implementing new integrated projects and initiatives will be gradually revealed.
At the same time, the main stages of European integration will be covered in the project.
Activity (implementation stages)
2016-2017 academic year
Elaboration of the course of lectures.
Course structure and content:
1. In the beginning was Adenauer.
The background story of the European idea in Germany, 1945 situation (“zero hour”), the first integration initiatives and the FRG (European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Defence Community (EDC), the European Economic Community (EEC), Euratom), European integration and the German economic miracle, Adenauer's personal influence in promoting Germany's European perspective.
2. Germany becomes a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community (1960-1970).
Erhard and Kissinger's European initiatives, Willy Brandt – a great European (European planning at the Hague summit in 1969, Brandt and the first enlargement of the European Union in 1973, the role of Brandt's “new Eastern policy” for the future of Eastern Europe in the EU),
Helmut Schmidt and the beginning of the European Security and Defence Policy (Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) in Helsinki, 1973-1975), the European Monetary System in 1979, Germany’s transition towards its own active European planning.
3. The time of great decisions (Germany's European Policy, 1980-1990)
Helmut Kohl's European strategy, the signing of the Single European Act and the Schengen Agreement, the role of European integration in German reunification and importance of reunification for integration, the Maastricht Treaty and Germany's role in the creation of the European: innovations in the field of economy, politics, security and culture.
4. Germany's role in the EU today
Germany's development in the EU in the 2000s, the expansion of the EU to the East and the Federal Republic of Germany, Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel's European policy, the current German role in the structure of the EU and particular spheres of general policy (budgetary and financial policy, security policy, cultural and educational policy), EU and Germany immigration policy, Euroscepticism in modern Germany.
5. Reasons why European integration is so important for Germany (final discussion).
Fall term 2016-2017 academic year - teaching the course to the Master`s degree students of “International Relations” and “Area Studies” fields of study.
Spring term 2016-2017 academic year – teaching the course to the Bachelor`s degree students of “International Relations” and “Anthropology” fields of study.
Fall term 2017-2018 academic year - teaching the course to the Bachelor`s degree students of “International Relations”.
Olga Barvinko (Russia):
"This course is based on the idea that the history of post-war Germany is a history of a new beginning. Certainly, this new beginning was closely linked to the European integration. Noting that destroyed Europe needed “to reunite the European family of nations”, we have concluded that the creation of new and secure Europe directly depends on improving the relations between France and Germany. It is also worth mentioning that in this course the special attention was paid to the personal factor, namely to the German leaders` personal attitude that promoted the development of German integration. We realized that the European integration became the alternative to the evolution of international relations during the Cold War period. Therefore, choosing the European development path, the way of integration, became momentous for Germany. The European integration finally became the fundamental basis for the building of modern Germany. The course allowed us to learn about how Germany became the European leader and how the history of cooperation between the European Union and Germany became the story of mutual success”.
Nekru Muzayanov (Tadjikistan):
“The content of the course is urgent and, undoubtedly, demanded for the sphere of higher education nowadays. The lectures were held at a high professional level. The course allowed me to learn more about political and economic integration of Germany, European policy of Germany as well as the personal role of many leaders, especially K. Adenauer, in promoting the European perspective of Germany”.
Davlatdiyor Saidov (Tadjikistan):
“Thanks to the course “Germany in the EU: a Story of Mutual Success” I learned about the role of the Federal Republic of Germany in the integration processes in Europe and its economic recovery after the Second World War. In general I liked the course teaching methodology (the teacher Sorokin Alexei Nikolayevich). The lectures and practical workshops were held at a high professional level”.
Diana Smirnova (Russia):
"The course “Germany in the EU: a Story of Mutual Success” allowed me to examine the real unique case of the country`s recovery after the complete collapse more closely. The course gave us the possibility to analyze the chancellors` influence as political personalities on the fate of Germany. As a result, the course helped me to create a coherent picture of the way Germany has come in the post-war period until now".
Daria Lach (Kazakhstan):
"It's one of the most interesting and really important courses. The teacher didn't give just "bare facts", he managed to convey a persuasive message about the entire interdependence of Germany and the EU through the prism of time, political science and history to each and every student. After having completed the course, I just want to thank Alexei Sorokin for the knowledge I got on this course and for a deeper understanding of the importance of Germany in the EU and the role of each individual Chancellor. Thanks to this course, I took a different look at all the circumstances that led to the creation of the European Union and got me an analysis of steps taken by the Chancellors. I received only positive emotions and gained solid knowledge".
Participation in the conference in Cherepovets
Cherepovets State University with the support of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Moscow hosted the International Scientific and Practical Seminar on “Conservative, social and liberal trends in parties and political development of Germany and Russia: history and modernity” on the 11th and 12th of October 2016.
Report: “The phenomenon of Chancellor's democracy in the history of the FRG: Adenauer and the FRG's western integration”, published in the materials of the International scientific seminar. (http://www.vereinigung.ru)
Giving a lecture at the conference “Omsk International United Nations Model”.
Omsk International United Nations Model 2016 is aimed at attracting students from Russian and foreign universities to study contemporary international problems within the framework of existing United Nations procedures.
The purpose of this forum is the dissemination of knowledge about modern international relations, international processes, creating dialogue space for representatives and bearers of different cultures, values, involving young people from different countries in the discussion, exchange of opinions, and resolution of international problems.
The forum is an annual event organized by the department of History and theory of International relations at Dostoevsky OmSU and it is held with the support of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Omsk, the Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Omsk City Council.
Forum dates: 9.11.2016 – 11.11.2016
Number of participants: 120 participants. Among them:
- full-time students of OmSU: 80 participants,
- international students: 40 participants (countries: USA, Slovakia, Ghana, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan; Russian cities: Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Syktyvkar, Ekaterinburg, Nizhnevartovsk, Voronezh, Ufa, etc.).
The work of 4 committees on topical international issues was organized within the framework of the United Nations Model.
Agenda of the Session of the UN General Assembly was “Modern Challenges of Integration Association”.
The lecture "Germany in EU" was given at the meeting of the committee (there were approx. 40 students and postgraduate students), which aroused great interest, since there were many follow-up questions from students.
Giving a lecture at the International Forum "Models of International Organizations"
The First National International Forum "Models of International Organizations" (hereinafter referred to as the forum) took place in Omsk from 09.11.2017 to 11.11.2017. Students of grades 9-11 from Omsk schools, students, postgraduate students and teachers of higher educational institutions of Omsk city, 20 regions of Russia and abroad, heads of youth public associations, organizations of Omsk city, representatives of government offices, experts in the field of international relations, representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, business leaders, as well as media representatives participated actively in the work of the forum. Students from Ethiopia, Ghana, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Armenia and other countries of near and far abroad will take part in the forum. Within the forum, a lecture "Germany in the EU: History and Modernity" was given, which had been delivered at the "Council of Europe". Among the participants of this section were 52 people from educational insitutions of Omsk, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Moscow, Ufa.
Collecting data/ elaboration and improvement of the course of lectures
1. Research traineeship in Germany
Research traineeship took place in the Konrad Adenauer Archive in Rhöndorf (Bad Honnef) from 14.11.2016 to 08.12.2016.
Research work became possible thanks to the generous financial support of Dostoevsky Omsk State University, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and “Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer House” foundation. Academic advising was done by professor of the University of Rostock, doctor Stefan Kreutzberger. The traineeship results are the data collection (literature sources) on the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer’s foreign policy, including his European integration policy. It is planned that the further cooperation on Germany's foreign policy will be developed in 2017-2019.
2. Research traineeship in Moscow (Russia)
The research traineeship took place in the Russian State Library and the State Public Historical Library of Russia from 08.06.2017 to 21.08.2017. The research traineeship results are the collection of materials (scientific sources and literature) on the history and urgent problems of the European integration of the Federal Republic of Germany. Besides, the consultations with the prominent Russian specialists in the field of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, namely with Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences Alexey Filitov (the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences Alexander Vatlin (Lomonosov Moscow State University) were held during the research traineeship.
3. Research traineeship in Germany
Research traineeship (collecting data for the project and consultations with experts) took place in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Library abd Archive (Bonn), Bonn University Library, the Konrad Adenauer Archive (Rhöndorf) from 06.09.2016 to 04.10.2016. The results achieved include: collecting the work of German researchers on the participation of the Federal Republic of Germany in European integration; holding consultations with German colleagues in particular, with the Research Associate at the Konrad Adenauer Archive, Dr. Holger Löttel.
Interaction with other projects
1. Participation in the Internet conference “Questions of European integration in Russian Higher Education”. – hosted by Moscow State Psychological-Pedagogical University within the framework of project implementation, supported by Jean Monnet Activities within Erasmus+ (http://mgppu.ru/nav/projects/41/204 ).
The purpose of the Internet conference is to discuss the reflection of questions of European integration in Russian Higher Education and to create an interaction network that will raise awareness on the subject.
Internet conference was held in webinar-like formats on December 7-8, at 11am-5pm (Moscow time).
2. The consultations with Professor, Doctor Michael Gehler, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in the history of Europe and the European integration at the University of Hildesheim. Professor, Doctor Michael Gehler is an acknowledged expert in the field of the history of the European integration, author of numerous publications on this topic. The consultations were held during the scientific internship in the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria) since 02.02.2017 till 01.03.2017.
3. On October 24, 2017 a round table "Participation experience in in the Jean Monnet Scholarship Program, a project funded by the European Union: preparation of the application, organization of teaching and research." was held at Dostoevsky Omsk State University together with Professor of Nizhnevartovsk State University, Doctor of Economics Oksana Kozlova.
Dissemination of results, experience (dissemination of the project results)
1. On October 24, 2017 Dostoevsky Omsk State University in collaboration with Nizhnevartovsk State University organized a round table on "Participation experience in the Jean Monnet Scholarship Program, a project funded by the European Union: preparation of the application, organization of teaching and research." Participants deliberated on a wide range of issues related to participation in the Jean Monnet Scholarship Program, a project funded by the European Union. Alexei Sorokin - the Candidate of Historical Sciences, at the department of History and theory of International relations (organizer of the roundtable on the part of Dostoevsky Omsk State University) gave a talk about his successful application experience and briefly presented his project "Germany in EU: A Story of Mutual Success". The idea behind this project is to show the attractiveness of the European integration process for a particular country and to demonstrate the benefits that the European Union derives from Germany's participation in integration. The event attracted significant interest in the academic environment of Omsk city: 10 employees and teachers of Dostoevsky Omsk State University, as well as teachers and employees of international departments of other Omsk universities who are interested in taking part in the program (Omsk State Technical University, Omsk State Pedagogical University, Omsk State Agrarian University, Omsk State Medical University) participated in the round table.
2. An article "Erasmus + Jean Monnet Program: Call for Application for Teaching staff" was published in the new issue of the newspaper entitled "Omsk University" dated 17 January No. 1 (874). The article features an interview with the academic coordinator of the project “Germany in EU: A Story of Mutual Success” Alexei Sorokin, who told about the main features of the program, presented his experience of participation, as well as described the content and implementation of his own project.