Alberto Alemanno teaches popular online course on EU

Global Clinical Professor of Law Alberto Alemanno, who teaches the EU Regulatory Policy Clinic that is part of the newly launched NYU Law Abroad in Paris program, began teaching a buzzed-about massive open online course (MOOC) on February 18 that elucidates the complexities of the European Union.

Alberto Alemanno

Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris, which is NYU Law’s partner in the clinic, is teaching the free six-week MOOC, Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You, on the Coursera platform. Some 33,000 people have subscribed to the course. It is the first of its kind to focus on the EU, with the intent of “popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers” to European citizens, who will subsequently be better equipped to participate in the policymaking process.

Each week the MOOC subscribers receive an hour of video lectures, in-video quizzes, and homework assignments, with the successful completion of a mandatory final exam yielding a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Alemanno. The MOOC will also allow Alemanno’s virtual and real-world classes to connect: his HEC Paris and NYU Law students will present their clinical work in the online course.

Alemanno was also recently selected for the annual “40 Under 40” young European leaders program. An initiative of the think tanks EuropaNova and Friends of Europe, “40 Under 40” aims to assemble “the continent’s best and brightest young minds who will contribute to European leadership through their capacity to inspire people.” The 40 will attend two seminars in European capitals that will include EU and national policymakers, civil society representatives, corporate executives, and journalists, with a focus on current affairs affecting European countries and their citizens.

Posted on February 21, 2014