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BSPO 1765A - European Institutions and policies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English


Knowledge or interest in European institutions law and politics.

Course Description

The seminar aims at introducing the achievements and challenges of European institutions and policies. After a short presentation of the European history since WWII, it focuses on European institutions and their interactions, which will be affected by the Brexit. It then turns to European policies: did the European Union manage to achieve the single European market and to make the EU the most competitive and cohesive economy in the world? What are the achievements and challenges in European environmental policy and of the economic and monetary union? Is the European immigration Policy able to tackle the immigration crisis? What about the protection of human rights? What are the strengths and flaws of the EU's external action, as regards the trade, development, defense policies, which will be affected by the election of Donald Trump?


BALLEIX, Corinne (Secrétaire MAE)

Course validation

Alternatively: - a presentation (10-15 minutes maximum) (30% of the grade) ; - one short papers (10 000 signs maximum, space included) (30%) ; - a final exam at the session 11 of the seminar (30%). Punctuality and oral participation (10%).


FIRST PART: EUROPEAN HISTORY FROM ROME TO LISBON Session 1: Introduction and allocation of duties European history from Rome to Lisbon: building a complex institutional architecture Session 2: Topic1: France and European integration since the 1950s Topic 2: Is the European Commission a driving force for European integration? Topics for written paper • the Brexit • Germany, the Visegrad group, Greece Pollen (etc) and the EU SECOND PART: EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS Session 3: Topic 1: Is the Council of Ministers of the EU able to make decisions? Topic 2: Is the European Council a driving force or an impediment for European Integration? Subject matter for papers: • The Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights • The Committee of the Regions: what is its purpose? • The President of the European Council • The High Representative of Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Session 4: Topic 1: What position does the European Parliament take within the European institutional architecture? Topic 2: To what extent can the European Court of Justice create European law ? Subject matter for papers: • General principles of Community law • National Parliaments and the European Union • Community law and the French Constitution • The subsidiarity principle and its implementation THIRD PART: POLICY MAKING IN THE EUROPEAN UNION Session 5: Topic 1: Has the European Union achieved the single European market? Topic 2: From the Lisbon Strategy to EU 2010. How to make the EU the most competitive economy in the world, able to achieve full employment and sustainable growth? Subject matter for papers: • Free movement of people among the Member States • Free movement of capital in Europe • Social policy in the European Union • Cohesion policy in an enlarged European Union • Is the European Union threatening public services? Session 6: Topic 1: Which reform(s?) is anticipated for the European Common agricultural policy? Topic 2: Does the European Union have an energy policy? Subject matter for papers: • The common fisheries policy of the EU • Reforming EU telecom rules Session 7: Topic 1: The European Economic and Monetary Union at the crossroads. Topic 2: Achievements and challenges in European environmental policy. Subject matter for papers: • The European Stability and Growth Pact in the international crisis period • The euro as an international currency Session 8: Topic 1: Achievements and challenges in European immigration Policy Topic 2: Ensuring the protection of human rights in the EU Subject matter for papers: • European Citizenship • Does a European public space exist? Session 9: Topic 1: The EU's trade policy Topic 2: Challenges for the European development policy Subject matter for papers: • The EU's relationship with Russia • The relations between the EU and China Session 10: Topic 1: Is it possible to develop a common European security and defence Policy? Topic 2: Evolution of the relationship between the European Union and the United States Subject matter for papers: • The European Neighbourhood Policy • EU representation in international fora Session 11: FINAL EXAM Session 12: Topic 1: EU enlargement in the Western Balkans Topic 2: The borders of the European Union Subject matter for papers: • Union for the Mediterranean • Turkey and the European Union: Just another enlargement? Students Responsabilities • Two short papers (10 000 signs maximum, space included + a bibliography) (66%) • A final exam on the 11th session (33%) • Punctuality, attendance, involvement and oral participation: modulation up to 10% of the global grade Methodology for written papers and the final exam