Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
THE EU IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 52 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Pierre MIREL (Directeur Général), Jacques RUPNIK (Directeur de recherche). Prerequisite : Minimum knowledge of the EU : its institutions and how their functioning, foreign policy competences. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : The evaluation will be based as followed : oral presentation, 40% ; a readings' or lesson's short report, 10% ; and an essay to be delivered at the end of the semester, 50% grade. The oral presentations are meant also to training in real-life professional situations. Pedagogical method : Classes will be interactive : a short introductory lecture by the professor followed by discussion and student presentations. The aim is to enrich students' knowledge of EU neighbourhood policies and help them to acquire useful professional skills. Course Description : The course will tackle the problematic, stakes and challenges of the EU strategy with its three groups of neighbors : countries which belong to the enlargement policy (Western Balkans, Turkey), Eastern partnership countries within the Neighborhood policy, under review, and Southern countries also part of this policy. The course will underline the difﬁcult adaptation of that policy to complex environments where geopolitics has often been ignored and where powerful external actors challenge the EU leadership, when the latter is in distress to cope with migrations. The course will also question the EU ‘transformative power' in the context of these changes and in the face of a difﬁcult transition in the Western Balkans, in particular as compared to the 5th enlargement in Central Europe. The course will seek after a balance between theory and practice, thanks also to the complementarity between the two lecturers. Required reading : Jacques Rupnik (sous la direction de) : Géopolitique de la démocratisation, l'Europe et ses voisinages. Les Presses de Sciences Po, 2014 ; Lucas Macek : L'élargissement met-il en péril le projet européen ? La Documentation française, 2011 ; European Commission : Communication on The EU enlargement Strategy, 10 November 2015 ; High Representative and EC : Review of the European Neighbourhood policy, 18 November 2015 ; Milena Vachudova : Europe undivided : Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism. Oxford Press, 2005.
Teachers : Loïc AZOULAI (Professeur à l’Ecole de droit de Sciences Po), Nefeli LEFKOPOULOU (Doctorante en droit à Sciences Po), Olivier ROZENBERG (Chargé de recherche au Centre d’Etudes Européennes - Sciences Po). Pedagogical format : Lecture and tutorials Senior lecturers : Céleste BONNAMY, Edwina JAEGER (Etudiante doctorante). Course validation : 40 % by a written ﬁnal exam ; 60 % through tutorat groups. Course Description : The process of European integration is currently undergoing its most acute multifaceted crisis (economic and ﬁnancial crisis, rise of Euroscepticism, migration crisis, Brexit, internal and external threats). This is reﬂected in a decrease in trust and harmony among the main constituencies of the European Union, the Member States and its peoples. This is reﬂected more broadly in a profound distrust of Europeans towards the European Union institutional system. Yet, Europe remains our condition. European States and peoples are in a situation of increased economic, social, cultural, legal and political interdependence. So the challenge in this course is to get a sense of our changing European environment : How to deal with a form of increased interdependence within the European Union when there is no longer a deep sense of mutual membership ? This will ﬁrst require that we look backward to the efforts of the founders to build a space of supranational governance in Europe, reviewing its successes and failures. The main focus of the course will be on the current challenges facing the European Union. Required reading : A scientiﬁc paper by week through the tutorat class.