Comparing Democracies:
Colorado, Get to Know Europe

A Project of the Center for Education in Law and Democracy, funded by the European Commission

With funding provided by the European Commission, the Center for Education in Law and Democracy has begun an 18 month initiative for teachers of government, economics, world history, and geography to implement comparative democracy lessons in middle and high school courses. 

New lessons from this project will provide students with a deeper understanding of European democratic institutions and cultures while simultaneously enhancing their understanding of U.S.government. Teachers will have the opportunity to enhance courses with updated knowledge on the evolution of the EU, EU integration, European identity and current issues facing the EU today.   Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact directly with European scholars in several phases of the program. 

image: developmentportal.eu
   
 

 

WHY COLORADO? A RATIONALE AND SAMPLE LESSONS

Colorado and the EU
• Portfolio: Colorado and the EU
• Map: Colorado Companies in ----------Europe
• Map: EU Companies in Colorado
A Guide for Americans: The EU

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION BACKGROUND,
INSTITUTIONS, HISTORY (LINKS)


• European Parliament
• EU Political Groups
• European Commission

European Council
Refresher Course on the Workings of the EU (Economist)
How the EU Works
History of the EU

Europe in 12 Lessons
The EU in Slides

   
 
     
      EU LESSONS    
   
 
denotes power point and film resources    
      History    
      The EU: Is This an Articles of Confederation Moment?    
      Jean Monnet, Father of the EU; timeline handout    
      Documentary Film: Jean Monnet: Father of Europe    
      The Evolution of the European Union; activity cards    
      From Coal and Steel to the EU (Power Point)    
             
      Economics
   
      Money Talks: Understanding the Euro    
      Planet Money:Continental Breakup: NPR Program on Euro Crisis, Jan. 22, 2012    
      Understanding Social Contracts: The European and American Dream (Power Point)    
             
      Civics/Government    
      Comparing Free Speech in the U.S. and Europe    
      EU: The Basics (Power Point)    
      Comparing Documents, Comparing Rights    
      A United States of Europe?    
      European Union Parliament    
      A Day in the Life    
             
      Additional Lessons    
      EU Immigration and Integration    
      Eurospeak: Jargon and Shorthand for Things EU    
      Op-Eds: Educating Others about the EU    
             
     
   
   
   

 

Link: Euro Area Map
Link: EU Enlargement Animated Map


 

GET TO KNOW EUROPE:
SPECIAL EVENTS


April 2011: Comparing Democracies Kick-Off Event
• April 15 Program, DU Law School
April 2011: Seminar Agenda
Follow Up Seminar, June 2011

COMING SOON: SPRING 2012
EUROPE DAY EVENTS