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OCEU 2090 - The EU Facing the New World's Challenges

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the history, institutions, workings and future of the European Union. The first half of the course will be dedicated to describing the most important EU institutions, including the Commission, the Council, the Parliament and the ECB, also in their relationships with the member states. The second half of the course will examine some of the fundamental challenges facing the EU as it seeks to become more competitive, to integrate further existing states into a fuller political economic Union, to enlarge its membership and to develop a viable common global trade policy and a more effective and coherent common foreign policy. The course will also examine the political, economic and social convulsions, still evolving in many cases, resulting from the European financial crisis of recent years. The course will analyze, with the benefit of first-hand experience, the conflict between the traditional theoretical aims of the European Union and the complex practical political reality of achieving those aims. To this end a number of case-studies will be analyzed and debated during the course.


  • BENDJABALLAH, Selma (Ingénieure de recherche)
  • LETTA, Enrico (Doyen de l'École des affaires internationales)

Course validation

Mid-term exam ; Final exam ; Oral simulations.

Required reading

  • PETERSON J., SCHACKLETON M., The Institutions of the EU, 2012, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • The French speakers can also find useful the following books
  • DELIVET P., Les Politiques de l'UE, 2013, Paris, La Documentation française
  • DOUTRIAUX C., LEQUESNE C., Les Institutions européennes après la crise de l'euro, 2013, Paris, La Documentation française