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DAFF 2825A - European Integration And Its Challenges: The Euro, Migration And Populism

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of the class is to provide students with a critical understanding of the major issues currently faced by European countries, and more specifically at the supranational European Union level. We will analyse the facts to understand the major causes, potential consequences and think of possible solutions to address challenges existing in the euro area, created by the unprecedented migrant flows to Europe, and in the fight against climate change. We will also have a close look at the dynamics of decision-making at the EU level through a simulation of Member State negotiations in the Council of the EU. Before concluding this elective course, we will look at the rise of Euroscepticism and the issue of democratic deficit in the European Union. By the end of term students are expected to have acquired a critical approach and a solid understanding of the major issues and debates on the topics covered during the class. No prior knowledge of the European Union is required. To give all students an equal understanding of the basic functioning of EU institutions, the 2nd session will be dedicated to explaining the fundamentals of the institutional functioning and decision-making at the EU level.


  • DE SAHB, Christophe (Ingénieur Commercial, EI-TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE)
  • RESETNIKOV, Jevgenij (Analyste, Russell Reynolds Associates)

Course validation

During the term each student is expected to actively participate in class discussions, prepare one presentation, submit a written essay, effectively contribute to the negotiations simulation, prepare a brief oral presentation of the preceding week's European news and succeed in the end of term quiz. Before each seminar, all students must have read the reading(s) assigned for each session. These readings will be made available online. Fluency in English is not a criterion of evaluation. The final grade, from 0 to 20, will be composed as follows: - 40% - Presentation on the assigned research topic (20%) and the follow-up written essay (20%), - 10% - Overall participation in class discussions, - 20% - Participation and performance in the mock EU negotiation sessions, - 10% - Analytical European news review, - 20% - End of term multiple choice quiz. In general, students will be assessed for their participation in class, the quality of their individual research, the soundness of their analysis, the pertinence of arguments, their capacity to find and use reference materials and to transform information into knowledge, as well as for adopting a critical approach and publicly presenting their ideas in a clear and structured manner. Further explanations and advice will be given during the first session.