Introduction to Regions
Full course description
The course will lay the ground for the specialization on regional integration and multilevel governance and serve a basis for the subsequent three courses. During the four weeks of the course, the participants will gain expertise in regionalism as an empirical phenomenon spanning across the globe and taking similar and yet distinct forms in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. They will form a comprehensive understanding of the complexity underlying region-building and regional development. Through a wide selection of case studies from different parts of the world, students will explore how economic, political, security, and identity dynamics interweave in shaping and reshaping regional cooperation. This course will also start a negotiation skills training culminating in a multi-day simulation of international negotiations.
This course provides students with the analytical and empirical foundations for the study of regional development and regional cooperation. The learning objectives of the course are threefold: first, to develop expertise in global regionalism; second, to learn how to disentangle and analyse different forces in regional development; third, to gain competence in several transferrable skills, such as analytical reviewing and executive memo writing, critical reading, thinking and analysis, and negotiations skills.