Germany, Berlin

European Union – Global Player or Regional Hegemon?

when 2 June 2018 - 14 July 2018
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1650

The course will introduce students to the basic principles of the European Union and describe the processes of widening and deepening of this unique political entity. At the beginning, we will review the genesis of the world’s only supranational organization that led to cooperation between member states and a peaceful development on the continent unseen in previous centuries. As the European Union is defined and perceived largely through the prism of its institutions, we will examine their role in pushing the integration process forward. Since EU policies are the frame of its institutions, we will discuss in more detail the historical development and current state of EU policies in the fields of foreign and security affairs, immigration, climate and energy, and economy. The latter will put particular focus on the Euro regularities.

We will engage in discussions about foreign policy cases like Turkey and Syria, but also relate to the new US administration in terms of the traditional transatlantic partnership. Another policy scheme is the impact of previous (and future?) mass migration into Europe.

Furthermore, we address Europe’s response strategy to tackle the bank and state crisis in face of its threat to the social standards in Europe (e.g. Greece). We will also discuss possible findings from the aftermath of the so-called EURO and state crisis.

Moreover, we will review the European climate and energy policy and study consequences of the climate agreement from Paris for the EU member states particularly after the US withdrawal. We will also deal with the question of Europe’s energy sovereignty in contrast to market demands.

Having determined the factors contributing to the deepening of the EU through its institutions, we will discuss the criteria that have influence over the willingness of different countries to join (Ukraine, Georgia, possibly Turkey – at least in the past) but also to leave (e.g. BREXIT) the EU. Finally, we will review the EU enlargement process and assume prospects for its future development. What are challenges now and in the future? Is the EU still a role model? If yes, why? If not, why is it not anymore?

Since EU policies are the frame of its institutions, we will look into the European foreign, economic, environmental, and immigration policy frame in the light of its history since the 1950s. The analysis will entail a discussion of foreign policy cases like Libya and Syria, but also the Ukraine, and in particular of the policy scheme regarding the ongoing mass migration. Furthermore, Europe’s response strategy to the bank and state crisis in face of its threat to the social standards in Europe (e.g. Greece) will be focused. In this context, we will also discuss possible learning effects in the aftermath of the economic crisis and whether it is only a matter of time before such a crisis happens again. Moreover, the European climate and energy policy will be critically reviewed. We will study the consequences of the climate agreement from Paris for the EU member states and look into the repercussions for the energy sector.

Having determined the factors contributing to the deepening of the EU through its institutions, we will discuss the factors which determine the willingness of different countries to join the EU and thus to contribute to its widening. In this regard, Europe’s role as an international actor will be discussed with a special focus on the European role towards Russia and Turkey on the one hand, as well as the Ukraine and Georgia on the other hand. Finally, we will discuss the prospects for the future development of the European Union and the challenges it is facing in a rapidly changing and complex world.

Course leader

Dr. Götz Kaufmann

Target group

Students from different countries and backgrounds who are generally interested in European integration will benefit from each other in an intercultural and interdisciplinary learning process. The course does not require special knowledge about European politics, law, history or culture, but participants should be interested in more than just their field of specialization. In-class participation, especially in the discussions with experts, is essential for the course success and plays an important role in grading.

Credits info

6 ECTS
GRADING



20% Participation
10% Mid-term test
30% Presentation
40% Final Test

Fee info

EUR 1650: Tuition
EUR 250: Program fee