Dr Stefan Auer
Senior lecturer in history and politics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
European Union Studies
A La Trobe staff member since 2006, Dr Stefan Auer has a particular interest in how technology can take course content beyond the four walls of the lecture theatre. In late 2010, Stefan was awarded the European Union’s prestigious Jean Monnet Chair, which has allowed him to continue presenting La Trobe’s European Union studies courses to a wide audience.
The Chair provides three years of funding for education and research about Europe. This has supported Stefan in creating two new EU studies courses, one of which is delivered online and via DVD to three partner universities: Murdoch, Newcastle and Macquarie. Much of the content for these courses is made up of interviews with leading EU figures, which are recorded either in Europe or at La Trobe’s on-campus studio, which gives students the opportunity to ask their own questions.
Recent interviewees have included former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer, London School of Economics Professor Simon Hix, and Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian Ambassador to the EU. All these interviews are made available to the public via iTunes U.
Holding the role of the Jean Monnet Chair has also allowed Stefan to launch a series of workshops on EU studies for secondary school teachers. Regular contact with key EU figures means that Stefan is able to offer content that reflects the rapidly-changing European political climate, and his courses are consistently popular with students.
As well as running workshops and delivering multi-university courses, Stefan also contributes regular opinion articles to The Australian, and has appeared on ABC News 24 as a commentator on European issues.