THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. FOREIGN AND DEFENSE POLICY IN EUROPE

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Code
87065
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 11162 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (LM-52) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 8772 ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC POLICIES (LM-63) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/04
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The module aims at illustrating the governance of the EU governance in the post-Lisbon era. Institutions, actors, decision-making process are the main issues of the course, which devotes specific attention to the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. In addition, the module provides practical skills for students interested in career opportunities within the European Union.       

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at illustrating the governance of the EU governance in the post-Lisbon era. Institutions, actors, decision-making process are the main issues of the course, which devotes specific attention to the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. In addition, the module provides practical skills for students interested in career opportunities within the European Union.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module highlights key-issues, actors, decision-making process in the European Union, devoting a specific attention to Foreign and Defense policy, comparing the national and the EU perspective. The main goal is to provide basic knowledge on EU as a political system in order to address reasons, consequences and solutions to the current crisis of the EU (from Brexit to Euroscepticism). The module provides theoretical and practical skills to those interested in EU politics, with a specific attention devoted to Foreign and Defense in Europe. In that sense, the module is one of the first courses in Italy that adopts the approaches of the Foreign Policy Analysis. 

Specifically: 

- The module aims at providing basic knowledge on the EU political system 

- The module aims at providing a comprehensive conceptual toolkit to understand Foreign and Defense policy in Europe and within the EU 

- The module will illustrate the debate over causes and consequences of the EU crisis 

- The module aims to provide students the proper tools to understand the complexity of the EU political system, devoting - also through active learning and role-playing – a specific attention to foreign and defense policy 

By attending the module and its activities the students will: 

- Describe the main features of the EU political system 

- Identify the role and the nature of crucial actors in the EU 

- Enhance proper knowledge to address foreign and defense policy issues in Europe 

- Understand how theories and perspectives explain or interpret the crisis of the EU and the future development 

- Understand how theories and perspectives explain or interpret crucial foreign and defense policy issues in Europe 

- Understand how research centres, institutions, and other actors practically deal with EU issues
- Analyse report, scientific papers, official docs on EU, with specific attention devoted to foreign and defense policy - Present papers and documents in the classroom, also through simulation and role-playing 

 

 

PREREQUISITES

A preliminary knowledge of the EU political system can help but it not represent a vital prerequisite.

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching activities will be based also on active learning, role-playing (simulations) and seminars with scholars and experts on the field of EU politics, EU foreign policy and defense in order to foster debates and a constant involvement of students. Movies, documents, blogs, papers will be adopted. The course will be entirely provided in English

The course is "in person" but it can be given online. However, in accordance with the rules for access to university premises adopted to combat the spread of the COVID pandemic, the lessons can possibly be carried out on TEAMS. The TEAMS code will eventually be communicated via aulaweb


 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Compulsory texts

Menon, A., “European Defence Policy from Lisbon to Libya”, Survival, 53:3, 2011, 75-90. 

Hix & Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union, Palgrave 2011 

Tardy , T. “Does European defense really matter?” European Security, 2018 

 

Attending students should also read 2 papers (4 for non attending students) at their choice. Text suggested (additional texts will be added at the beginning of the course) : 

H. Mayer and M. Weiss, “The Handbook of European Defense Policies and Armed Forces”, Oxford University Press, only the “Introduction” 

Pirozzi, N. “The European Union and Civilian Crisis Management after Lisbon”, European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2015), p. 287-306 

Bicchi, F., Voltolini, B., “EU democracy assistance in the Mediterranean: what relationship with the Arab uprisings?”, Democracy and Security, 9 (1-2), 2013, 80-99. 

Bonvicini, G., (a cura di) Il Parlamento europeo per la nuova Unione, IAI, 2014, http://www.iai.it/it/pubblicazioni/il- parlamento-europeo-la-nuova-unione. I Capitoli 2 e 4. 

Browning C. S. and Joenniemi, P., “Geostrategies of the European Neighbourhood Policy”, European Journal of International Relations, 2008, 14: 519-551 

Cross., J- P. “Everyone’s a Winner (almost): Bargaining Success in the Council of Ministers of the European Union.” European Union Politics 14, no. 1 (March 1, 2013): 70–94 

Council of the European Union, A Secure Europe in a Better World: European Security Strategy, 2003. [In alternativa - The EU Global Strategy 2016 ] 

Fabbrini, S., “The European Union and the Libyan Crisis”, International Politics, 2014, p. 177-195. Franchino, F. (2013) 'Challenges to Liberal Intergovernmentalism', European Union Politics 14, 2: 324–337 

Ferrera M., Giuliani M. (a cura di), Governance e politiche dell'Unione Europea, (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2008), solo “Parte prima: Le teorie dell’integrazione”. 

Giumelli, F., “New Analytical Categories for Assessing EU Sanctions”, The International Spectator, 2010, 45:3, 131-144 Hegghammer, T., “The Future of Jihadism in Europe: A Pessimistic View”, Perspective on Terrorism, 10(6), 2016. 

Howorth, J. The EU as a Global Actor: Grand Strategy for a Global Grand Bargain? Journal of Common Market Studies, 2008, 48(3):455-474. 

Missiroli, A., “The New EU ‘Foreign Policy’ System after Lisbon: A Work in Progress”, European Foreign Affairs Review 15: 427–452, 2010. 

Smith, K. E., Still ‘civilian power EU’? European Foreign Policy Unit Working Paper 2005/1. 

Strazzari F., Coticchia, F., “High Stakes, Low Strategies: the European Union and the Fight against Transnational Organised Crime in State-building Missions”, Interdisciplinary Political Studies, 2/1, March 2012, pp.8-23. 

Tardy, T., CSDP in action – What contribution to international security? EU Institute for Security Studies, 2015. 

Treib, O. “Implementing and Complying with EU Governance Outputs.” Living Reviews in European Governance 9, no. 1 (2014). doi:10.12942/lreg-2014-1. 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

See the section "Syllabus"

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: On appointment, generally on Tuesday afternoon at Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche (DISPO) Piazzale E. Brignole 3 a, Torre centrale (4th floor) Otherwise on Teams. 

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching activities will be based also on active learning, role-playing (simulations) and seminars with scholars and experts on the field of EU politics, EU foreign policy and defense in order to foster debates and a constant involvement of students. Movies, documents, blogs, papers will be adopted. The course will be entirely provided in English

The course is "in person" but it can be given online. However, in accordance with the rules for access to university premises adopted to combat the spread of the COVID pandemic, the lessons can possibly be carried out on TEAMS. The TEAMS code will eventually be communicated via aulaweb


 

LESSONS START

Second Semester

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written exam (10 short open questions) and a breif oral exam, in the same day. In case on Online classes due to Covid pandemic the exam will be only oral. 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
17/12/2021 15:00 GENOVA Orale
14/01/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
28/01/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
27/05/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
17/06/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
14/07/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
16/09/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale