Changing Patterns of Governance: The European Model (8 ECTS)

One of the major challenges to but also opportunities for traditional statehood 'from above' is the attempt to bargain for supranational models such as the European Union.

Julian Junk
Dr. Julian Junk

Instructor: Dr. Julian Junk

One of the major challenges but also opportunities for traditional statehood 'from above' is the attempt to bargain for supranational models such as the European Union. This module introduces you to the rationale for creating the union and for working towards its widening and deepening. It discusses the many problems and challenges along the way.The module then introduces you to the EU as a foreign policy actor – learn about the External Action Service and tools such as the neighbourhood policies. You will subsequently inquire into the economic and financial architecture of the union and discuss implications of the sovereign debt crisis for the Euro zone.


Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: EU Integration, Reform Processes and Backlogs

Unit 01: EU Integration, Reform Processes and Backlogs
Unit 02: The European Union and Internal Challenges, Democratic Deficit and Accountability
Unit 03: Enlarging the EU: Challenges of External Enlargement

Part II: The EU as a Foreign Policy Actor

Unit 04: Challenges in EU Defense Cooperation
Unit 05: The European External Action Service: Foreign Policy since the Lisbon Treaty
Unit 06: The European Union and Eastern Europe, 1991-2012
Unit 07: EU External Policies towards the Middle East and North Africa

Part III: The EU as an Economic and Financial Actor

Unit 08: European Trade Policy / External Trade of the EU
Unit 09: Dealing with the Euro-Crisis: Issues and Debates

Part IV: The EU in Comparison

Unit 10: The European Union as an Instrument of Regional Integration