EU External Economic Policy
Full course description
The European Union is commonly portrayed as an economic giant, a formidable trade power and a global regulatory actor. Certainly, as the world’s largest market concentrating the biggest share of global trade and investments, the EU holds large potential to influence the shape of international markets and global public policy. In this course, students analyse how the EU exercises this market power through its external economic policies, ranging from trade and development, to environment and energy policies. The skills training in this course focuses on negotiation skills, by preparing students for a simulation of a meeting at the Council of the EU to approve a piece of legislation touching on EU external energy policy.
- Understand the role of the EU as an external economic actor, including the and the institutional, political, economic and strategic rationales underlying EU development, trade, energy and environmental policies, and form a judgment on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates on EU external economic policies;
- Apply relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches from international relations and international political economy, and the appropriate research methods to answer advanced academic questions on EU external economic policies;
- Reach well-reasoned conclusions about the effectiveness of the EU external economic policies through integrating substantive knowledge, theories and methods, and making use of sources and data to build evidence-based arguments, while reflecting on the societal and ethical implications of those conclusions;
- Express ideas and research findings on EU external economic relations to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of an academic paper;
- Engage in on-going societal debates, such as controversial trade agreements such as the TTIP, the much-debated inclusion of sustainability and labour rights provisions in trade agreements, new instruments for tackling climate the future of EU energy supplies, in the context of negotiations skills.
- Autonomously generate new ideas and research questions on EU external economic policies, make substantive choices when analysing these questions, while setting priorities and a workplan within the timeframe of the course;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on EU external economic policies, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
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