Author's School

University College

Author's Department/Program

International Affairs


English (en)

Date of Award

January 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair and Committee

Stephan Schindler


The European community, under a variety of names, has been expanding both physically and in its areas of responsibility since the end of World War II. What began as an attmept for economic unity among sovereign states has evolved into a complex supranational organization. Education, traditionally part of the domestic domain of nations, has gradually emerged as a concern of the European Union as it endeavors to enhance its viability as an economic leader. This paper examines the growing trend twoard more specific EU education policy in light of the education systems and policies of England and Germany. It specifically presents curriculum and practicies in the area of civics or citizenship education. National education systems could easily be co-opted by education policies and practices of the European Union. If this is the situation and if the suggested curricula are effective, there may be evidence related to civics education, which indicates an emerging European citizen.


International Affairs

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