An Interdisciplinary Learning: the "Simulation Game of the EU Budget"

  • Igor Filibi Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
  • Ixone Alonso Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Keywords: European Union, International Relations, EU Budget, Negotiation, Practical Skills


The European Union is a very complex political, legal and economic ensemble. Each discipline usually focuses on some aspects at the same time that avoids others. For this reason, it is quite difficult that students acquire a general vision of the whole. It is equally true that some transversal and practical skills like teamwork, negotiation, leadership or taking decisions, are very difficult to be trained by traditional teaching means. It is precisely these skills which are more demanded by companies and institutions. This paper argues that simulation games seem to be well suited to fulfill both objectives and shows results of the application of one simulation game focused on the bargaining process of the EU to pass its budget. This interdisciplinary game has been played by American and European students of business and it has shown to be a useful tool for these students to understand better the functioning of the EU as much as to improve their practical skills.

Author Biographies

Igor Filibi, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Doctor en Ciencias Políticas y Sociología, especialista en Relaciones Internacionales. Mis ámbitos de interés e investigación son la integración europea, democracia transnacional, análisis y resolución de conflictos nacionales, teoría de Relaciones Internacionales, así como innovación en la pedagogía de las ciencias sociales, particularmente las Relaciones Internacionales.
Ixone Alonso, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Doctora en Economía. Mis principales temas de interés son presupuestos públicos, branding/imagen de marca de territorios, así como técnicas de innovación docente (particularmente juegos de simulación).


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How to Cite
Filibi, I., & Alonso, I. (2012). An Interdisciplinary Learning: the "Simulation Game of the EU Budget". SOCIALreview. International Social Sciences Review / Revista Internacional De Ciencias Sociales, 1(2).