Europe, Global Power Shifts and the Future of Multilateralism
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This course examines the challenges facing Europe in the context of a changing global order. A global power shift from the “West” to the “East” - most notably to a rising China - has considerably changed the context for the EU as a global actor. Having critically explored the EU’s traditional support for “eﬀective multilateralism”, it considers the EU’s recent endorsement of “strategic autonomy” in a multipolar world in which geopolitical tensions are growing. The course looks at the governance of climate change and global trade to unpack the current “crisis” of multilateralism. In addition to discussing the theoretical and conceptual approaches to multilateralism and global power shifts, and the Europe’s place in these, we will study the EU’s developing relationships with global powers and strategic partners such as the United States and China. A further dimension in this context are the EU’s relations with, and its support for, regional cooperation in other global regions such as Asia and Latin America. As part of the skills training, students work in groups to put together a communication, press and social media portfolio for one of the emerging countries.
Understand the main conceptual and theoretical approaches concerning multilateralism and global power shiftsmultipolarity in the ﬁeld of international relations;
Analyse the relations between the Europe, other (emerging) powers) and important regional actors;
Apply the main conceptual and theoretical approaches concerning multilateralism, its “crisis”, and global power shifts to advanced academic questions about Europe’s relations with the rest of the world;
Critically assess the global governance challenges that Europe faces in the policy areas of global trade and global climate change in a multipolar world;
Evaluate and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates about multilateralism and multipolarity;
Communicate ideas and positions on Europe’s relations with emerging powers to European and international professional audiences and the general public using traditional (press) and online (social) media;
Participate in scholarly and policy debates on Europe, multilateralism and global power shifts, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
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