The study of the EU as an international actor has become a key element in European and International Law, European Studies and International Relations. The EU represents the world’s largest trade power and aid donor, has a diplomatic service larger than that of most states, and has launched more than 20 civil-military operations. It has presented itself as a normative, global actor, and its emergence as a legal entity that is neither a state nor a classic international organization has both puzzled and fascinated legal scholars and political scientists alike. We invite students to delve into and help solve the most intriguing of these puzzles.
Who we are
We represent a consortium consisting of the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Chair for European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. We have come together guided by the vision of providing cutting-edge expertise on the many facets of this fast-evolving field to the greatest number of students.
The course breaks down the EU’s role in Global Governance into 5 key challenge areas and a “boot camp”-introductory session. The main concepts and issues touched upon in each session will be explained by leading academic authorities and practitioners. The themes combine cultural, legal and political science questions, making this course a truly interdisciplinary experience:
Introduction: The EU in the New World Order (“law & IR boot camp”)
Sustainable Development (includes climate change & development policy)
The EU’s Neighbourhood (includes migration & enlargement)
Human Rights and the Global Rule of Law
EU Trade Policy and the Global Economic System
Each topic will be introduced by our experts in concise concept lectures using visual aids (e.g. maps, tables, graphs, mindmaps/Euler diagrams), providing the students with an overview of the topic, outline the main points of view and controversies, and highlight its practical relevance. The visual aids help to make complex issues accessible, such as the institutional setup of EU foreign policy, the geographical delimitation of its spheres of external action, or the main legal principles of EU external action. Concept videos and expert interview serve as the rallying point for each session and as a thread running through the course, and will be combined with readings, online discussion and quizzes, as well as position papers. While our team of senior experts will be on standby to answer questions, discussions and evaluations will be P2P, under the guidance of a team of specialist grad students at our institutions.
This course will equip students with answers to the following questions:
What are the main challenges the EU and its Member States is facing in the world today, and how do they affect us personally?
What means does the EU have at its disposal to tackle these challenges, and how do we evaluate its performance?
How does the EU fit into the main theoretical approaches to International Relations?
What are the key legal principles and political realities governing EU external relations, its relationship with its Member States and citizens, and the outside world?
How do Globalization and Europeanization affect our identity as citizens?
Basic knowledge in one or more of the following subjects is highly desirable:
– The EU and its institutions/EU politics;
– EU/International law; or
– International relations/politics.
Timing & certification
The course will run for six weeks, with one week for each chapter. Students who successfully complete the MOOC will receive an official course certificate.
For enrollment in the course visit : https://iversity.org/courses/the-european-union-in-global-governance
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