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DSPO 27A04 - The EU and Africa : co-construction in Globalization

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge in contemporary history and international relations. While there are no compulsory prerequisite for this lecture, a general background in contemporary international history and politics, including European history and politics, and African history and politics, is an advantage.

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, and student will be have to present contributions in class


NIVET, Bastien (Chercheur associé à l'IRIS)

Course validation

- One research note, to be realised and submitted by groups of 4 students, between the beginning of the semester and lecture 12. The note should amount to 20.000 signs (footnotes and spaces included) and use academic sources (books, articles from academic journals, etc.), official sources, as well as sources from the news and media. - One presentation (to be done by groups of students), to be presented during the lectures. - One final assessment at the end of the term (dates to be confirmed).


Lectures complémentaires / filmographie / discographie : Academic Journals of reference: Politique africaine, International Development, Politique européenne, Journal of Development studies, Journal of European Integration, European Foreign Affairs Review, Journal of Common Market Studies, etc. Further readings will be indicated and given for each class

Required reading

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

Additional required reading

  • 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.
  • Gegout C. Why Europe intervenes in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018.