The Module will foster the creation of “European Leadership and the Making of Europe”, a 52-hour teaching activity to be added as a mandatory course to the first-year curriculum of the Second-Cycle Degrees Historical Sciences.
It will also be added to the curricula of the Second-Cycle Degrees in Euroamerican Literature, Philology, Philosophy as an elective course.

This activity will take place each year for the duration of the project.
The course will be mostly taught in Italian, but it will revolve around sources in different European languages (English, French, German).

This class aims to expose Humanities students to the history of European integration through a practical, research-based approach

The teaching activity of this research course is articulated in six parts

  • Background lectures (February-March): reading the history of European integration: the historiographical debates; the History of European Integration through its leaders;
  • Methodology classes 1 (Late March): Introduction to the sources to research on the history of European Integration: online collections, journals and official publications, archival sources (the Historical Archives of the European Union: documents in site and online sources);
  • Archive visit (Early April);
  • Methodology classes 2 (Late April-May): How to deal with the archival sources collected and start working on a research paper;
  • The graduate conference (May): Discuss the draft papers with senior scholars and peers;
  • Follow-up (Early June): how to incorporate feedback in your research and write a final paper.

Thanks to this structure, the course will serve as a substantial foundation for students to approach historical research within European integration history and familiarise themselves with the workings of European institutions and officials throughout the decades. 

The first phase of the course will ensure that students recognise the main events and protagonists of European integration history and the prominent historiographical trends in the field.

Acquiring such knowledge will allow them to plan their research during the second phase of the teaching activity, which will be carried out with the help of the HAEU Director and Archivists.

Thanks to their collaboration, students will be guided in their first encounter with European sources by professionals who will help each student develop their research during the archive visit

The fourth phase of the course will delve into the steps students must take to craft an original paper, thanks to the sources consulted in the HAEU.

Once ready, students will share their draft papers with the Professors, the Module Tutor, other discussants (Faculty members and young researchers), and their colleagues.
During the graduate conference, each student will present their research.
Every presentation will be followed by a discussion with their colleagues and senior scholars.
This will allow students to receive helpful feedback to perfect their research.
The final paper, to be sent by mid-June, will serve as the course's final exam.