This course provides an introduction to European Integration and European Union (EU) politcs. It examines basic structures and processes of EU governance, the theoretical conceptualisation of European integration, and EU policies in key areas.
COURSE GOALS & LEARNING OBJECTIVES
This course provides and introduction to the European integration process and basic structures and decision-making processes of the EU. The course examines selected policies, both internal and external, as well as co-operation in justice and home affairs. Attention is devoted to the relations between the EU and Southeast Asia, not least in the context of EU-ASEAN relations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Given that the course is introductory, no knowledge of Political Science is required. Students from all schools are welcome.
By the end of tis course the students will be able to:
- understand the historical context and the rationales of European integration
- understand the governance actors and mechanisms of the European Union
- analyse and assess current developments in the European Union
Through discussion of the readings and regular class participation, students further develop their analytical, critical and synthesis and public speaking skills.
This course incorporates a SMU-X research project commissioned by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), an organisation that embodies the idea of co-operation between Asia and Europe. The research project aims to produce a study on the mutual attitudes and stereotype perceptions of Europeans and Asians. Data will be collected by interviewing Asian and European staff members at workplaces in Singapore.
The student team will first develop a survey/ questionnaire, conduct face-to-face interviews, analyse the results and present the findings to the stakeholder. The findings will then be used to identify deficits and ways of improving understanding among international staff at workplaces, as well as for the organisation of intercultural workshops or other training courses for staff. The target group involves ASEF staff as well as comparable public or private organisations with international staff.
The data collected from both groups should then be evaluated, compared and presented to ASEF, alongside a number of recommendations.