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OCEU 2130 - Economic dimensions of EU external action

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Pre-requisite

Minimum knowledge of the EU institutions and their functioning.

Course Description

It is usually said that the EU is an economic giant but a political dwarf. Although the EU is for years by far the world major aid donor and a major trade partner, however, when it comes to explain what the EU external action is, most of public attention and academic literature (and even most of the recent EEAS global strategy) is devoted to CSDP and purely political, diplomatic or institutional issues. There are good and valid reasons for that, but the purpose of this course is to show that, whatever important, this is in fact only the emerging part of a huge iceberg…and our ambition will be to explore this largely ignored continent: the economic dimensions of EU external action. The course will first provide students with a very concrete and dynamic understanding of what the EU actually does beyond its above-mentioned purely political, diplomatic and institutional actions (and who does what), why and how, for others as well as for itself, directly and indirectly. Concepts and issues at stake will of course structure the lectures, and theory will balance practice, but the approach will be down to earth, which explains why almost all prerequisite readings will be EU decisions, reports and public documents, so that students actually get a first-hand hold on what the EU external action is, from an EU point of view. A lot of case studies will ensure that concepts get a concrete meaning.

Objective of the course:
The course will first provide students with a very concrete and dynamic understanding of what the EU external action actually does beyond its purely political, diplomatic and institutional actions (and who does what), why and how, for others as well as for itself, directly and indirectly.

Teachers

DEUSY, Pierre E. (European civil servant)

Pedagogical format

Classes will be interactive: courses will be introduced by a few 5' comments on the various required readings, and students are highly invited to question and comment specific parts of the lecture. Participation of students will count for the final grade.

Course validation

The evaluation will be based as followed (rounding being made depending on overall participation):
- Oral participation – about 15% of the overall grade
- mid-term ‘gallop d'essai” (1h) – about 25% of the overall grade
- dissertation – about 60% of the overall grade.

Workload

• Students will be supposed to have read required reading with a critical mind and will have to be able to speak 3 minutes about them and provide an assessment about what this tells about the economic dimensions of the EU external policy (cf. course validation).
• required reading in italic are not to be red in extenso and student will not be asked to comment them. For instance the trade agreement with Vietnam is obviously much too long to have its sections even simply opened. They are indicated as helpful to better follow the course, but optional.

Required reading

  • High Representative Vice President of the EC : Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe - A Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign And Security Policy, June 2016 (https://europa.eu/globalstrategy/en/shared-vision-common-action-stronger-europe)
  • European Commission: 2017 Annual Report on the implementation of the European Union's instruments for financing external actions in 2016 (to be published end of December and available somewhere on https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid)

Additional required reading

  • Very useful and interesting reports are available at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/annual-reports_en. It is also recommended to read what is made public on the websites of DG DEVCO (http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/general_en), NEAR (http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/index_en.htm), FPI (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/fpi/) and of course EEAS (http://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en).
  • Expected readings for each session will be specified, but enlarged curiosity would significantly improve the quality of participation and discussions / questions following lectures.

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