International - EU Affairs
With this module, explore your interests in one of our four focus areas on International and European affairs, including issues such as the crisis in Climate change, European identity and values...
Most of courses are conducted by world-renowned International professors and researchers in their respective domains of expertise.
Course: Rethinking the European Union (Week 1 and 2)
Instructor: Professor Nathaniel Copsey
Home university: Aston University
Rethinking the European Union takes an in-depth look at the situation of the European Union in the 2010s, in the wake of the Eurozone crisis. Following an overview of the origins of the current crisis, this module aims to discuss its consequences and broad effects on the European Union critically. It characterises the European Union as a polity-in-the-making, investigating how far integration has advanced in a number of areas. In the light of the current crisis, it discusses the challenges to the traditional pillars of EU integration – identity, legitimacy and solidarity – in turn questioning the sustainability of the present model of regional integration.
Course: From conflict prevention to consequence management of future Climate change crises
(Week 1 and 2)
Instructor: Professor Sami MAKKI
Home university: Sciences Po Lille
This course will be structured by a series of sessions dealing with a great variety of themes which present the instruments used by the EU as a civilian power. The first sessions will be organized around the issues of conflict
prevention and conflict mediation (the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East), looking at the emergence of State, non-state and transnational actors and entities from a historical perspective (starting after the end of the Cold War). One session will mainly analyze the complex issue of civil-military relations at the European level.
The second part of the course (4 hours) will allow students to take part in a "Model Congress". This will be a simulation based on a scenario dealing with the management capabilities of the EU facing a complex climate change crisis, this involves the civil as well as military actors and institutions presented during the first part of the course.
Course: From coal and steel to cultural goods: the EU development of ecodiplomacy (Week 3 and 4)
Instructor: Professor Quentin Michel
Home university: University of Liege
The external trade policy is one a few exclusive competences of the EU. Bilateral trade agreement with third states, e.g. TTIP or CETA, are negotiated in behalf of the EU by its Commission and signed and ratified by the Council and the Parliament. However most of those trade agreements include as well foreign policy principles that are Member States competences even if they attempt to coordinate the view within the Council of Ministers. United Nation Security Council Resolutions adopting the interruption economic transactions with a specific country are elements of external trade policy but are grounded by Foreign policy political reasons. The so-called ecopolicy has become one of the essential instruments of the EU and its Member States since the Maastricht Treaty (1992).
Course: What do we know about the values of the Europeans today? (Week 3 and 4)
Instructor: Professor Bernard Fournier
Home university: Vrije Universiteit Brussels
The European Union is a very complex political structure unifying a large range of cultures, from the North to the South, from the West to the East. Few citizens exclusively share a European identity, even though European citizens enjoy the many benefits of the Union (common currency, freedom of movement, peace…). The diversity of such a large union justifies the various studies held on social and political values of the European citizens. What do we learn from those studies? Is it possible to synthesize this information and to draw a specific knowledge?
Have a look at our Draft Schedule (version 19/06/2017).
*The course offering is tentative and subject to change.
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Face to face (Lecture) : 20 h
Personal Work (Readings, Group project) : 10h
Total workload per student : 30h
Interactive lectures, Case study, Projects, Research, Seminars.
Students are assessed through participation to lectures, seminars and through 2 dissertations on two of the 4 courses you attended during the summer school.
The student should know some basic notions of EU Affairs.
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