How do officials of ASEAN representations in Brussels view the EU? What do they criticise or admire about the organisation? How do they interpret the current crises it is undergoing? What have they learnt about regional integration on the basis of their experience? What aspects, if any, do they consider potentially transferrable to ASEAN?
This course provides an introduction to the European Union, its integration process and governance, as well as ASEAN integration. Its main objective is to produce a study of the perception of the EU by the Brussels-based ASEAN diplomatic elites.
NOTE: This course is by application only. There are still a few places available. For further information, you may contact the professor in charge.
COURSE GOALS & LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The study mission replicates the real-world preparation of a commissioned study, with students participating in the design, implementation and reporting stages as research associates.
By the end of this course the students will be able to:
- Understand and compare regional integration projects in Europe and ASEAN
- Participate in the life cycle of a research study
- learn how to design a study, and develop an understanding of the choices to be made and the difficulties they entail
- conduct a literature review and a ‘real-world’ data collection exercise
- employ Social Science methods to evaluate the collected data
- produce a report presenting the findings and discussing its implications
- Work co-operatively in a team
- Tailor a study to the needs of an external stakeholder
STUDY MISSION DETAILS
The Study Mission entails a seven-day stay in Brussels for data collection purposes, preceded by a brief introduction to European and ASEAN integration. In addition, we will visit a European institution: the European Parliament, and a European cultural heritage site (old city of Bruges). :
Duration: Including arrival and departure day, the Brussels segment will last from 23rd April – 30th April 2017
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Cost: Approximately SGD1,300 (inclusive of accomodation for 7 nights and flight fare)
Seminars @ SMU: A taught component consisting of 6 session will be scheduled on week 28 (Term 2 recess)
The seven-day Brussels segment will concentrate on data collection. Upon apprival, the class will be welcomed by the stakeholder (EEAS), with whom the class will have an initial exchange. The class's data collection will consist of interviews with diplomats from ASEAN states based in Brussels. The class will also hold several stocktaking sessions to discuss the class's data collection experience and address possible difficulties. Separate from the data collection exercise, the class will also visit the European Parliament, and be hosted at a reception by the Singapore Embassy. After concluding the data collection exercise, the class will get to visit the city of Bruges, UNESCO world heritage site. Upon returning to Singapore, the data gathered will be subject to analysis in individual research essays. At a final stage, drawing on the contributions made by the individual essays, a final study will be prepared for the stakeholder.
Participating Organisation for this term
There are no pre-requistes. No previous knowledge of European integration is required.