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The potential of the Erasmus Programme: Assessing European Identity in Greek Erasmus Students
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the establishment of the Erasmus exchange programme in 1987, its potential in various aspects has been evident. Many researches have been conducted regarding the Erasmus programme and its possible effects on European identity in higher education students, providing varying outcomes. Based on a survey of 200 Greek former Erasmus students, this thesis, examined the European identity among Greek students that have participated in the Programme proving its potential in terms of fostering European identity. The European identity in students was conceptualizes in terms of its spontaneous, civic and cultural aspects while its analysis was based on the theories of social constructivism and orientalism. Furthermore, the thesis conducted a correlation examination between the European identity levels of students and the destination country of their sojourn, in the hopes of establishing if the rising Euroscepticism in European countries affects the enrichment of the European identity in any way. However, the data largely reported against such a relationship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 103 p.
Keyword [en]
European identity, Erasmus Programme, Euroscepticism, social constructivism, orientalism
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123030ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--15/02107--SEOAI: diva2:876107
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Master's Programme in International and European Relations
2015-09-01, 3C 815, A Building, Valla Campus, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2015-12-03Bibliographically approved

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