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ASPO 1450A - The European Union and Africa

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course intends to provide 2nd year students of the Europe-Afrique programme with an overview of EU-Africa relations, in all their dimensions. The main pedagogical ambition of the lectures is to grant students with a multidisciplinary and cross-thematic knowledge on the EU using EU-Africa as a viewpoint. The lectures present the necessary knowledge and tools for students to develop their own understanding and reflections regarding the different interactions, mutual perceptions, challenges, actors and levels of EU-Africa relations in a context of globalization. A first part of the lecture covers thematic issues, ranging from development to political or diplomatic and security issues. It insists on the shifting nature and content of EU-Africa relations, not least under the pressure from the international environment. A second part of the lecture, allows to go further by adopting transversal problematics of EU-Africa relations such as regionalization and the analysis of three case studies chosen for the complementary perspective they offer: Mali, Southern Africa and Northern Africa. In the end, EU-Africa relations are analysed as a process of interactions and mutual co-construction of two sets of actors in globalization. The teaching is conceived and delivered as a lecture, but questions and inputs from students is highly encouraged. Academic Journals of reference: Politique africaine, International Development, Politique européenne, Journal of Development studies, Journal of European, European Foreign Affairs Review, Journal of Common Market Studies, etc. Useful (official) websites : European Union : African Union: EU Institute for security studies: All Africa (aggregator of African media sources):


NIVET, Bastien (Chercheur associé à l'IRIS)

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Required reading

Carbone M. (2013), The European Union in Africa: incoherent policies, asymmetrical partnership, declining relevance?, Manchester, Manchester University Press

Additional required reading

  • N.B.: Only preliminary references are indicated here. See readings for each lecture for more precise guidance
  • Adebajo A. Whiteman K (2012), The EU and Africa: from Eurafrique to Afro-Europa, London, Husrt Company
  • Sicurelli D. (2010), The European Union's Africa Policies, Norms, Interests and Impact, Farnham, Ashgate