In its second part the course is focused on the European Public Policies: Foreign, Security & Defence Policy and it is about the EU as an actor of the world political system. The student gains knowledge about the political and security relations of the EU with the rest of the world.
The EU Public Policy course in its first part provides students with a knowledge of the policy process in the EU, with particular focus on agenda setting and policy shaping phases.
OBJECTIVES. Students learn how to apply the political science methods to building knowledge about the EU’s presence and actions in world affairs. At the course completion, they will be able to analyze and to write and present reports about the successes and failures of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).
REQUIREMENTS. This is not a current events seminar. Readings and homework must be done prior to class meetings. Key readings in electronic format are provided by the instructor to the students. They offer to student scientific-based knowledge necessary to develop informed opinions. Homework aims at making the student able to shape the argument s/he wants to defend in the class discussion. Homework consists in preparing either a 3/5-slide PowerPoint or a Poster file. It outlines the student’s argument on the topic of the class debate. All the students hand by email the homework file to the Instructor the day before the relevant session.
ASSESSMENT. The course mark assesses the student’s homework (50%) and participation in the class discussion (50%).
STRUCTURE. The course is structured around 7 questions. They are separately addressed in 2 two-hour sessions, the Monday and Thursday session.
November 19 & 22 - Introduction November 26 & 29 – Is a common foreign, security and defense policy possible? December 3 & 6 – CFSP and CSDP: Who’s in charge? December 10 & 13 – Based on what logic does the EU play as a global actor? December 17 & 20 – Which opportunities and challenges does the rise of China set to Europe? January 7 & 10 – Will the EU contain assertive Russia? January 14 & 17 – Will CSDP operations undermine multilateral security? A January 20 & 27 – How effective is EU in managing world issues and crises? January 30 – Wrap up
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