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DSPO 25A02 - European integration and its challenges: the euro, migration and populism

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No prior knowledge of the European Union is required. To give all students an equal understanding of the basic functioning of the EU institutions, the 2nd and 3rd session will be dedicated to explaining the fundamentals of the institutional functioning and decision-making at the EU level

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 the interplay between Member States, European institutions, global challenges and democratic legitimacy concerns. 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, those created by the unprecedented migrant flows in Europe, stemming from climate change. We will also look at the rise of Euroscepticism and the issue of democratic deficit in the European Union. Before concluding we will look at the dynamics of decision-making at the EU level through a simulation of Member State negotiations in the Council of the EU. 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.


DE SAHB, Christophe (Ingénieur Commercial, EI-TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE)

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. The final grade will be composed as follows: - 20% - Presentation on the assigned research topic, - 20% - Briefing paper, - 10% - Overall participation in class discussions, - 10% - Participation and performance in the mock EU negotiations, - 10% - Analytical European news review, - 30% - End-of-term multiple choice quiz.

Required reading

Individual readings will be assigned for each class as further detailed in the syllabus