Spring Semester Course Offerings: POL 434 (Europe and the World) and WWS 404 (Global Governance)
Europe and the World
This course is taught by Professor Ezra Suleiman, with frequent participation from Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of LISD.
The seminar deals with Europe and The European Union, and its relations to wider world. It first provides an understanding of the EU and it’s institutional set-up and governance structures. It then examines the relations between Europe and its neighborhood and the wider world. The aim is to assess the region’s role in promoting specifically “European” economic, social and environmental policy models, and values and to see the effects of globalization. Finally, we will seek to evaluate critical challenges confronting present-day EU and their effects : from Brexit, to immigration, nationalism, populism, the environment, to the role of China, the relationship between Moscow and Washington, and the EU’s new role in security dimensions. The course will address topics such as: The Idea of Europe and of a European Union; Europe’s Key Institutions and How They Work; EU Enlargement in Perspective: Eastern Europe, the Balkan States, and Turkey featuring a guest contribution from Amb. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Seidt (frmr. Inspector General, German Foreign Office, Berlin); Europe, Islam, the Middle East, and Iran; The EU and the Developing World; Europe, the United States and the Atlantic Alliance; China in Europe; European Security & Defense; The EU and Russia featuring a guest contribution from Amb. Martin Sajdik (frmr. HR of the Trilateral Contact Group); Post Brexit new EU Initiatives in a Globalizing World; and lastly, Generational Divide, the Greens, the Nation State and Sovereignty.
This course is taught by Dr. Barbara Buckinx, LISD Associate Research Scholar and WWS Lecturer.
From the resurgence of populist nativism to the school strikes for the climate, many of the current protests and convulsions in liberal democracies are manifestations of a crisis of global governance. Citizens worry about the ways in which their governments are represented - and representing them - on the global stage, and they question whether global problems are being addressed appropriately and effectively. This research seminar explores how the world is governed, focusing on the interactions among states, supranational organizations, multinational corporations, and international civil society organizations. Analyzing formal and informal global governance arrangements and practices, we will consider some of the world’s recent successes and failures in the areas of peace and security, economic development and equality, human rights, health, and the environment. Which rules and institutions of global governance are adequate for the task at hand and how might others be reformed? The primary purpose of the seminar is to give you the necessary background and tools to produce independent research.
Additional information for both courses is available at: www.registrar.princeton.edu/.