Introduction to Regions
Full course description
The course lays the foundations for the specialization on regional integration and multilevel governance. This course serves a triple purpose: to explore regionalism as an empirical phenomenon spanning across the globe, to investigate the dynamics of region building from an analytical perspective, and to acquire a set of professional skills essential for policy careers in international environments. During the four weeks of the course, the participants of ‘Introduction to Regions’ will gain expertise in regionalism 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 various driving forces behind regional development and change. Through a 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. The academic perspective on the phenomenon of regionalism will be complemented with the relevant skills training. Course participants will receive instruction in policy-relevant memo writing and international negotiations, as well as opportunities to practice these skills and receive feedback on their performance and learning.
This course aims to equip the students with the tools necessary for analysing complex region-building processes. After completing the course, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of regionalism across the world; identify and analyse different dynamics of regional development; explain specific outcomes of regional cooperation using appropriate theoretical or analytical frameworks; execute independent academic research; prepare and present the synopsis of qualitative information in the format of an executive memo; and develop and plan negotiation strategies.