The Political Process and Citizens’ Voice in the European Union (LS-RO-348)

Two gladiators fighting before judges over Irish Independence

In this Learning  Scenario regarding the political process and the citizens’ voice in the European Union, students learn about the ways in which the citizens’ voice is heard in the European political space. Using the information from the Europeana collections, students assess the efficiency of the European civic initiative as a way for citizens to participate in the EU decision-making process and express argued opinions about the importance of the right to petition as a way for Europeans to participate in the EU political process. In order to understand these concepts, students discuss in working groups, they are encouraged to explain why it is important for the citizens of the Member States to participate in the EU political process. Students are organized into small groups (three groups).  This learning scenario can be used also in online teaching. It is based on the Europeana collection combined with wand education app.

Aim of the lesson

The aim of this lesson is to understand the functioning mechanisms and the actions of the main European organizations/institutions, formulating – in oral or written presentations – opinions on the values, principles and practices that define the European Community.

Outcome of the lesson – petitions

Students are asked to visit the Petitions Web Portal of the European Parliament. They need to study the petitions for which the deadline for expressing the support has not expired and select one petition that addresses a relevant topic for them. From the perspective of a Member of the European Parliament, they need to prepare a speech to support the petitioner’s/petitioners’ request/initiative.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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