International Relations & European Strategies

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations & European Strategies

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON110 Principles of Macroeconomics (or equivalent)

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is an introduction to International Relations and will provide various frameworks to question common assumptions, norms and principles of the European Union. This course is not a step-by-step regurgitation of European institutions and history; instead emphasis will be placed on Theory to offer broader perspectives on an ever-changing Europe. Theory provides a framework of analysis, but it also has limitations. Students will learn that different theories emphasize (and omit) various aspects of the organization. As such, it is necessary to engage with current affairs and apply theoretical standpoints to contemporary examples. This course aims to provide an introductory toolkit to IR through European case studies and will encourage students to engage with academic discourse in critical, insightful and original ways. The class requires student participation and will include lectures, discussion, class presentations and debate.
    • Grasp core theories within IR and apply them to the case of the European Union
    • Adopt a critical approach to scholarship i.e. pay attention to how issues are framed, analyze discourses within IR and critique both what is said, and what is not said in the assigned texts
    • Debate and discuss core tensions of the European Union
    • Engage with the course material and peers
    • Students should recognize that academia is a discourse, thus answers are rarely definite
    • Scholars often disagree, thus students are expected to engage in debate and understand how different arguments interact with one another
    Upon completion of this course, students will:
    • Understand core theories within IR and apply them to the European Union
    • Adopt a critical and analytical approach to scholarly texts
    • Recognise the benefits and limitations of theory within International Relations
    • Feel confident to take a perspective on an issue and engage in academic discussion
    • Develop presentation skills
    15% Class Participation includes:
    • Class attendance
    •  Reading the recommended readings and being well prepared for class
    • 10-minute presentation on one of the core recommended readings
    • Insightful participation in class debate and discussion
    25% Presentation
    Each student will conduct a research project on one member state of the European Union. The
    presentation should analyze advantages and disadvantages of membership to reach an overall
    assessment to whether their state should, or should not, remain as a member of the EU.
    30% Midterm Paper (2000 words)
    A question will frame the overarching theme for each session. Students should choose one of these
    questions and answer it as an essay. Students can use any referencing style as long as they use it
    consistently. Due: Session 9 (27th June 2017)
    30% Final Exam
    This will be a series of short answer questions and one essay question drawing on class lectures,
    discussion and the assigned readings.
    Attendance in class is mandatory. More than 2 absences will lead to a failing grade.