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Course module: 202000517
202000517
EU Governance and Policy: Shaping Europe
Course info
Course module202000517
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personS. Donnelly
E-mails.donnelly@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
I. Bouzguenda
Lecturer
dr. G. Dix
Lecturer
S. Donnelly
Contactperson for the course
S. Donnelly
Lecturer
dr. C. Matera
Academic year2021
Starting block
2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Aims
 
  1. Students have a basic understanding of theories of European governance and policy, with a focus on how the EU responds to contemporary grand societal challenges in a context of transformation. Students are able to apply these theories in order to make sense of how Europe is being shaped;
  2. Students have a basic understanding of European governance and policy responses to digital transformation. Students are able to apply these theories in order to interpret and assess the EU’s politics of technology;
  3. Students have a basic understanding of the theories and insights of the making of the European common market in a context of digital transformation. Students are able to apply these theories in order to make sense of how the European digital single market is shaped by the EU;
  4. Students have a basic understanding of the theories and insights of the policy processes, sources and mechanisms that generate EU responses to grand societal challenges in a context of structural transformation. Students are able to apply these theories in order to interpret and assess the EU's internal administrative dynamics;
  5. Students are able to translate basic practical situations of the EU's shaping digital Europe agenda into a research problem; formulate a research question on the basis of the theories and insights used in the module; write a policy report including a recommendation on the EU management of a digital agenda; and present the report for a general audience.
Content
This module is part of the European Studies (ES) specialization track of Management, Society and Technology and Public Governace across Borders.
Many of today’s grand societal challenges, including mass migration, sustainability challenges, and digital transformation, are of such a nature that they cannot be effectively addressed by national or local governments. As such challenges transcend local and national borders, they are typically addressed by international, inter-governmental and supra-national authorities like the European Union. This module focuses on the EU’s addressing of grand societal challenges (for instance, in the form of the European Green Deal, the EU’s AI Strategy and the European Digital Single Market), in a context of structural societal and technological transformation and the shaping of a new technological era (like the ‘era of AI’). The EU must find new ways to govern and to strengthen existing policy infrastructures, to keep the European economy running, protect democratic values and institutions, and to ensure prosperity for all European citizens. And for this, the EU needs political and administrative capabilities to deal with the grand challenges and consequences of transformations in various of the EU’s policy domains, such as security, economic policy, welfare policy, migration policy, protection of democratic values, and so forth. Theoretically, using various theories and scholarly insights on (re-)shaping Europe, we explore how the EU addresses grand societal challenges in a context of transformation of the European economy and society at large. In the project, small project groups of students closely study various policy issues of the EU’s shaping of digital Europe, in order to make sense of how and to what extent the EU responds to the grand challenge of digital transformation and seeks to shape a fair, digital and sustainable Europe.
 
Module
Module 7A
Participating study
Bachelor Management, Society and Technology
Required materials
Book
Shawn Donnelly, Power Politics, Banking Union & EMU. Routledge, 2018/2020. ISBN 9780367591717 (paperback) ISBN 9780203702130 (e-book)
Book
Jason Hickel (2020) Less is more: How degrowth will save the world (London: Windmill).
Book
Laurie Buonanno, Neill Nugent Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union, 2nd Edition Red Globe Press; 2021 ISBN 9781352009859 (paperback) ISBN 9781352011142 (ebook)
Recommended materials
Book
Kathy Turner, Lynette Ireland, Brenda Krenus and Leigh Pointon, Essential Academic Skills. ISBN: 9780195576054
Instructional modes
Lecture

Presentation(s)
Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance

Tutorial

Tests
Transitions of the Common Market

Remark
Written exam with essay questions on the course work with minimum grade 5,5, EC 3 points weight 3/15 = 20%

European Governance of Society & Technology

Remark
Written exam with essay questions on the course work with minimum grade 5,5, EC 3 points weight 3/15 = 20%

Policy-Making in the European Union

Remark
Written exam with essay questions on the course work with minimum grade 5,5, EC 4 points weight 4/15 = 27%

Project: Shaping Digital Europe

Remark
Project assignments, simulation(s), project paper, individual paper, and presentation

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