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Jean Monnet online course on EU Values and Digitalization

The Canadian Institute of Technology in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chair at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck in Austria is organizing a free online course on EU Values & Digitalization for our Community.

Course Title: EU Values & Digitalization for our Community

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Markus Frischhut, Management Center Innsbruck

When: March 23 – April 4, 2020

How: Online course


This course deals with ‘ethics’ and ‘morality’ in EU law especially in the field of digitalization. It is part of the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Values & Digitalization for our Community at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria and will be organized in cooperation with Canadian Institute of Technology.


  • As digitalization is changing the way we live and work, this course strives to make students familiar with the EU’s common values (special emphasis on ‘corner-stone’ of human dignity), hence to equip them with new understanding in this field.
  • After a short general introduction on law as such as well as on EU law (1st session), this course aims at raising awareness of both legal and ethical challenges of some selected topics in this context; i.e. self-driving vehicles, digitalization at large, and compliance.
  • This course also strives to promote and strengthen active EU citizenship through discussion and reflection of impact of EU integration and the meaning of the EU’s common values, as well as their application to practical situations (digitalization, business compliance).
  • The course is aiming at students, traditionally not dealing with legal subjects (both outside, as well as inside MCI).
  • The course is taking a more holistic approach therefore, creating an added value for students and strengthening their critical thinking ability

Seminars and workshops (with innovative methods for effective and engaging way to encourage large group dialogue, idea creation, brainstorming and collective thinking). Two hours per day, of online session via Adobe Connect·         Online teaching·         Flipped classroom method·         Project-based learning·         Group work·         Reflection paper
  5.      TEXTBOOK AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL/LEARNING MATERIALS:Textbooks: Frischhut, M. (2019). The Ethical Spirit of EU law. Cham: Springer International Publishing.


  • Certificate’ in case of positive assessment
  • ‘Confirmation of attendance’ in case of no or negative assessment

Awarded by the Jean Monnet Chair on EU values and digitalization, MCI Management Center Innsbruck, The Entrepreneurial School, Austria

* This is a free choice elective course of students’ extracurricular activities. Not computed in GPA.


Date Topics/Contents
Monday, March 23, 2020 Course introduction and basic concepts on Law (Examples, definition, separation of powers, hierarchy, fairness & justice), EU law (History, hierarchy, decision-making, competences, non-discrimination); EU law and ethics (and religion); EU values: general ones and specific ones (digitalization, health, triple bottom line, sports, etc.)video conference
Tuesday, March 24, 2020(17.00-19.15h | online session via Adobe Connect) Self-driving vehicles (cf. ‘trolley car’ and moralmachine.mit.edu) and values
Wednesday, March 25, 2020(17.00-19.15h | online session via Adobe Connect) Digitalization, artificial intelligence (AI), new technologies and values
Thursday, March 26, 2020(17.00-19.15h | online session via Adobe Connect) Filling EU values (human dignity, etc.) with life
Monday, March 30, 2020(17.00-19.15h | online session via Adobe Connect) Compliance and values
Tuesday, March 31, 2020(17.00-19.15h | online session via Adobe Connect) Q&A session for upcoming presentations
Friday, April 3, 2020(9.00-12.15h, 13.30-16.45h) Students presentationsReflection paper due

For further information, please contact Dr. Dorian Jano [email protected].