The EU, Russia and China: Competing Regionalisms and Approaches to Global Governance
Full course description
This course looks at the EU, the Russian Federation and China, their competing regionalism and approaches to global governance in the context of an emerging multi-polar world, focusing on economic, political and cultural dimensions. A first concern for this module is to analyse the (overlapping) regional integration projects of the EU (European Neighbourhood Policy), Russia (Eurasian Economic Union) and China (Belt & Road Initiative) and dynamics of conflict and cooperation. Another important dimension is the international context and the interaction of the EU, Russia and China in international organisations and global governance regimes.
Students having successfully completed the course will have:
- a thorough understanding of the relations between the EU, Russia and China;
- an understanding of the complexities of such relations in the context of changing global politics;
- ability to integrate and combine substantive knowledge, theories and methods in a well-reasoned manner; ability to compare, select, integrate, and apply the appropriate theories, concepts and scientific research methods political science and related academic disciplines to analyse new research puzzles in pertaining to the relations between the EU, Russia and China, their competing regionalisms and approaches to global governance. Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate such knowledge, and the ability to apply it, through in-depth analysis of a particular question or puzzle within the scope of the course. The latter also includes an element of skills training in the context of research design and academic writing for the final paper of the course.
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