This teaching resource aims to bring students closer to institutional and policy changes caused by a complicated bureaucratic process, such as the European integration process, inviting officials from different ministries, which have been part of working groups. Officials are designed to be involved in the seminars or open lectures, where students have the possibility to get in direct contact with officials, whose everyday work has to do with Albanian-EU relations, and could experience the practices and challenges our country has undergone so far. This teaching resourse aims to have complex interactions between various actors who actively seek to learn from one another toward a sustainability communication, students to have the possibility to get closer to EU and officials, to have the possibility to get an insight into how the European integration process works and how its effects are perceived by citizens.
This Teaching Resource will be used on the “History of Integration and EU Institutions” course. Using both the Case Study and Scenario Analysis Teaching Methods, undergraduate students will have the possibility to go further on understanding the effects of European integration on their country. The combination of these two teaching methods aims to bring the best aspects of each of them for a better approach to the dynamic process of European integration. At the first stage, the Case Study teaching method is appropriate to engage students in real case studies, example the case of the impact of EU pressure on judiciary reform. Given the fact that the integration process is complicated and highly bureaucratic, the involvement of external experts such as officials and decision-makers, who have been part of institutional working groups, will be recommended and fruitful for students. The officials’ involvement in examining a specific case study enables students to face concrete and complex situations of institutional change occurring to states. At the second stage, after the key elements of the case are identified and described, the use of the Analysis Scenario helps students estimate the future state changes according to the EU imposed priorities of the countries involved in the European integration processes. These two teaching methods are planned to take place at the end of the semester, when students already have gained theoretical knowledge on the EU integration and how it works in general.