Online/On-site Seminar

NRW debates Europe – Debating competition about the future of Europe
Type of seminar:
Online seminar, equivalent to on-site seminar
Eligible for participation:
Students enrolled in BA PVS after completion of the core modules, esp. Modules VP2 and V3, and students enrolled in MA Political Science – Governance and Participation
27/11/2021 to
Dates of mandatory sessions:
27/11/2021 (on-site in Hagen),
15/12/2021 (online),
15/01/2022 (online), and
20/01/2022 (on-site in Duisburg);
class hours: see below
Dr. Sonja Blum
Dr. Daniel Rasch
Registration deadline:
Registration procedure:
online registration
Contact for further information:
Dr. Sonja Blum, Email: sonja.blum
Dr. Daniel Rasch, Email: daniel.rasch
Maximum number of participants:
Whether the seminar is held will be decided after registration is closed. You will be informed immediately.


The seminar initially presents the debating competition “NRW debattiert Europa” (NRW debates Europe) and then introduces the art of debating. Participants get acquainted with the most important debating formats, presentation as well as techniques to present arguments. They compete with teams from other North Rhine-Westphalian universities and their contributions are evaluated by an independent jury.

This year, the topic centers on the future of Europe concerning the role of important institutions, such as the EU Commission or the European Council, European right to vote and European integration. Based on prior knowledge about the fundamentals of the European Union, participants gain deeper insights and study elementary aspects of the European Union in more detail.

Seminar structure

This seminar is taught as a coordinated combination of synchronous (two important online sessions and two online preparatory debates) and asynchronous (group tasks in between online sessions) forms of learning.

Technical requirements

Computer with stable LAN/WLAN connection, camera, headphones with microphone, ideally Zoom software installed beforehand. You can find the links to the Zoom sessions in the syllabus (see below).

Requirements for credit

Attendance to the mandatory on-site sessions in Hagen and Duisburg as well as the online pre-debates (15/12/2021 and 15/01/2022) is required. In addition, participants are expected to take responsibility for and contribute to group tasks in between sessions.


Date Session topic Location and class hours
27/11/2021 Introduction FernUniversität in Hagen, Building 3. Ellipse, Room 3, 09:00 - 17:00
28/11/2021 - 14/12/2021 Asynchronous studying phase of literature provided through Moodle Moodle course platform
15/12/2021 ONLINE DEBATE, internally in class Zoom, 17:00 - 21:00
15/01/2022 ONLINE DEBATE against the team of Wuppertal University Zoom, 10:00 - 13:00
20/01/2022 Competition of several teams from various NRW universities at the University of Duisburg-Essen University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg Campus, 12:00 - 18:00