Genshagen, Germany

The Coronavirus Crisis – Curse or Opportunity for a “Social Europe”?

blended course
when 9 October 2020 - 21 March 2021
language English
duration 24 weeks
fee EUR 200

Between October 2020 and March 2021, Stiftung Genshagen will organize its first hybrid Genshagen Trilateral WinterSchool. The Winter School will be structured in two parts. In a first part (October-December 2020), students will learn about the basics of this year’s topic in a series of online lectures. In a second part, students will get the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an interactive simulation game which will be carried out during an intensive weekend at Genshagen Castle from 18-21 March 2021.

Course leader

Dr. Tobias Koepf (

Target group

Master and young PhD students from France, Germany, and Poland

Course aim

The goal of the Winter School will be to make students accustomed with the basics of European social policy. How has it evolved and which are the actors involved on the EU decision-making level? Why is this policy field underdeveloped and which developments have led to its “renaissance”? What are the main challenges European social policy is facing today and what can be done to make social conditions across Europe more equal? Will the coronavirus crisis mark a turning point for European social policy? And what are the Weimar Triangle states’ positions vis-à-vis a further Europeanization of national social policies and how do they differ?

Credits info

As Siftung Genshagen is not an academic institution, we cannot give credits for the course ourselves. In the past, however, some universities have given their students credits for the course. It would be best to contact your home university in this regard.

Fee info

EUR 200: This also covers all costs related to your stay in Genshagen in March 2021: a single room at the castle and all meals are included. Unfortunately, we cannot cover your trip from your hometown to Genshagen and back. Please organise your travel by yourself.


There are no scholarships available.