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This lectures/seminars/teaching course  will be conducted in Polish and addressed  to the BA, Postgraduate and PhD students of WSE and BA/MA students of 2 out of 4 cooperating universities per academic year:

  1. Centre of Europe from University of Warsaw,
  2. Collegium of Economic and Social Sciences, the branch of Warsaw University of Technology, located in Plock 200km away  from Warsaw,
  3. University of Gdansk
  4. University of Economics in Katowice

The lecture/seminar/training course will indicate that European Union needs to be an effective global actor because the well being, security and quality of Europeans life is  strictly connected with external developments. In order for the EU to become an influential actor, the  external policies should be given the sufficient financial support from EU. But funds are just the means to the EU’s ends. What is even more crucial to the EU’s ability to shape world  is a good strategy. In order to reaffirm its influence, the EU needs to revaluate not only what it hopes to get from its neighbours and other partners, but also what is can offer them. Playing the role of a visiting professor in the indicated above universities I will offer them the list of the topics ( see below) 2 months before the planned course to agree together with the professors from these institutions what issues are of most interest and needs to their students. In case of WSE students of BA studies I will deliver them the topics which will be the fully tailored with  their path of studies. For PhD students my choice will be connected with the topics of their dissertations.

The list of the topics covers the following issues:

  • political identity in the European Union- EU’s contribution to a value- based global order and its contestants;
  • Europe and the World – European Union in the new regional  & global settings- the strategic potential of EU external trade policy;
  • external relations of EU. Conflict and Co-operation, Returning to a global role?
  • the plans and reality of the EU enlargement to the Western Balkans and Turkey;
  • Neighbourhood Policy of EU- its origins,  aims, governance and financial instruments & the present stage and the challenges
  • TTiP as a new institutional form of EU-US relations
  • rethinking  EU relations with other partners including Africa, Asia and South American countries
  • the current political, economic& social instabilities and challenges in the world influencing EU

This  courses will give the participants the possibility to get much more knowledge about EU than they can get according to their teaching programme. Some of the classes will be using e-learning methods taking advantage of ICT tools ( including webinars). The courses will also  be provided with using the flipped classes and simulations methods. The other new method will be delivering the students case studies to be solved by them for involving them into the course more deeply. During the flipped classes some  students from abroad (for ex. from Syria, Armenia) studynig at WSE will be invited  to send their materials to  present the views of their country of origin on such topics like EU external trade, EU Foreign Policy and its areas including migration, development policy etc., EU values. During the courses the students will be engaged  in the learning process not only through discussion and participation, but also through presentations they will be expected to prepare as part of the course obligatory elements. The World Café method will  also  be introduced.  The multimedia  methods & social medias will also be used. They will include internet source comparison, podcasts etc. - a good method  is using the Twitter to find news,  link them  to the content of the course and increase the students’ ability to express their opinions in a short Twitter character limitation.

Other methods of teaching which will be used during the course are for ex.: creating student’s portfolio, brain storming, strategy for & against, SWOT analisys. Some topics will be presented in the chosen Secondary Schools from Poland to  interface between schools and university in order  to  generate interest and enthusiasm among pupils for various types of studies and scientific/academic fields connected with EU and its integration process. Some topics might also be delivered to the students not directly involved in the European Studies (i.e. students of Warsaw University of Technology).

The aim of this lecture which will be conducted in English is to teach the Foreign BA/MA students from Warsaw School of Economics –  including the Erasmus Students – that European Union needs to be explored as a part of international governmental organizations system. The international politics cannot be understood without thinking about international organizations, and the international organizations cannot be understood without presenting and discussin EU. The lecture will examine the law, politics and practice of the world’s leading organizations indicating their synergies, cooperation and influence in solving and coping with the current instabilities and challenges as well as their interdependence. The construction of course will not only let present the chosen organizations- their originis, aims,structure etc. It will also allow to  compare the chosen organizations from their involvement in acting – both in the world perspective as well as vis-a-vis its Member States.  The vast part of the lecture will be devoted to EU, its origins, aims, structure, membership, policies and activities. 

Being an effective global actor EU needs to cooperate and work together with multinational institutions like governmental organizations, G-20 etc.  because its security  depends on the world’s stability & multilevel cooperation. All of today’s   global issues are linked to the international organizations which will be presented during the course. From human rights to financial flows to overfishing, a broad range of government decisions are influenced by the rules, decisions and powers of international organizations: for ex. a government that wishes to subsidize a steel factory must consider how this fits with the rules of the World Trade Organizations- but it  also has to consider at the same time how this fits with the rules of EU. On the other hand the organizations have to consider how to solve the problem acting together. The goal of the lecture is to let students understand the power and limits of the international organizations as well as their consistency, coherence, synergies and complementarity with other international organizations and Member States as well as third countries. 

Some organizations make a major contribution to the world regulations, international law etc. But some survive by making relatively few demands on their member states. EU belongs to one of the most powerful organizations- vis-a-vis the world, the other organizations, its Member States and other actors. Both the failures and the successes of international organizations comes out from rules and competences set out in their legal charters, and from interaction between these rules and the wider world of states and other kind of actors.

The main topics of the lecture will cover the following issues:

  • theory, methods identifying the  International Organizations (IO)
  • the development of IO
  • the overview of the chosen IO
    • identifying formal intergovernmental organizations
    • why states act through formal international organizations
    • the creation of the UN system
    • the World Trade Organizations
    • the financial organizations
    • the identity of the European Union
  • decision- making in the International Organizations ( cases of:  UN, IMF, EU)
  • myth of Membership: The Politics of Legitimation of the IO (cases of: UN, IMF,EU)
  • financing (cases of:UN, IMF,EU)
  • peace & Security Affairs ( cases of: UN, NATO, EU)
  • economic issues ( cases of: WTO, IMF,EU)
  • social & Humanitarian Issues ( cases of: the development aid of OECD, EU)
  • the challenge of regionalism in Europe- the case of EU
    • Europe and the World – European Union in the new regional and global settings;
    • international relations of EU. Conflict and Co-operation, Returning to a global role;
    • the migration policy and other challenges of today’s world
    • common Foreign & Security Policy- Planning the global role for the EU
    • the EU vis-a-vis G-20, G-7 and other actors

The course will give the students the possibility to get much more knowledge about EU vis-a-vis other international organizations than they can get according to their teaching programme. Some of the classes will be using e-learning methods taking advantage of ICT tools. The course will also  be provided with using the flipped classes methods, updated obligatory readings,  case-studies helping the students to identify patterns and frameworks for understanding the role of the EU in the system of international organizations, its aims, origins, decision- making, financing and activities & policies vis-a-vis.

A special focus will also be put to analizying the EU external relations, foreign and security policy aims and tools, the external dimension of chosen internal policies with using the multimedia methods, which will include internet source comparison, podcasts etc- a good method  is using the Twitter to find news,  link them  to the content of the course and increase the students’ ability to express their opinions in a short Twitter character limitation;meetings with practitioners (experts, policy-makers, the representatives of IO, the representatives of EC Representation Office in Poland); simulations to support students in better understanding the policymamking process in the EU. The participants will be assigned roles two months before the date of Simulation.

During that time they will  prepare themselves and write and submit position papers. They will be asked to use facebook or other social media  in order to meet online and discuss.Other methods of teaching which will be used during the course are for ex.:creating student’s portfolio, brain storming, strategy for & against, SWOT analisys.

The other new method will be delivering the students case studies to be solved by them for involving them into the course more deeply.

Differences in the level of economic development between countries cause many internal and international problems, which should be resolved as soon as possible. It is therefore important to present the EU's activities to reduce the development gap in the world. This will be achieved by introducing a new module to the course on "The budget of the European Union", devoted to development policy of the EU and its Member States, particularly its financial aspects and through open seminars (one in semester) for all Warsaw School of Economics students not only those pursuing this subject. Both will be focused on practical knowledge and will require active participation of students through dialogue and discussion in addition to lecture. The proposed thematic scope of the course will cover financial assistance of the EU for solving international economic, social and humanitarian problems.

The course will focus on the EU's activities to limit the negative effects of the economic and financial crisis in the Less-Developed Countries and the efforts to prevent eradication by the crisis of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals that was already achieved. Particular emphasis will be put on reduction, redeployment and simplification of many of the instruments of the EU development aid, which allow for better interaction between donors and aid recipients, in the so-called partnership.

The course primary objective is to provide students with analytical tools to understand the specific nature of the development policy of the EU, particularly its financial dimension. Proposed course also aims at showing the dual role of the EU in the aid system. The EU is both a donor of development aid and a coordinator of operations of the 28 Member States. The course will examine the development aid provided by the European Union from the EU budget, the European Development Fund and individual support programs drawn up by the Member States. The course will be taught in Polish at Warsaw School of Economics for Bachelor-degree students. Daily/regular students are obliged to follow 10 hours of this lecture per semester.

The content of the course will cover the following main topics:

  1. Introduction to the development assistance of the EU – the general knowledge and theoretical framework from interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. The development assistance of the EU from historical perspective and its evolution. 3. The main donors and aid recipients. The case study of the EU – its place and role.
  3. The most important global challengesin the development assistance of the EU.
  4. The EU as a coordinator of operations of the 28 Member States.
  5. The EU budget as the main financing source of the development assistance of the EU.
  6. European Development Fund- its origins, aims, funds, beneficiaries.
  7. Individual support programs drawn up by the Member States. This is a draft proposal of main topics that will be updated every semester during the project to take into consideration the important developments at national and EU levels.

Students that will complete the course or seminars will:

  • acquire knowledge on the practical and theoretical approaches to the EU's and its Member States activities aimed at reducing the development gap in the world, particularly its financial aspects;
  • know the evolution of the development assistance of the EU;
  • be able to identify main donors and aid recipients;
  • be able to identify he most important global challenges in the development assistance of the EU;
  • have deeper knowledge about dual role of the EU in the aid system;
  • know main financing sources of the development assistance of the EU;
  • be able to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to analysis of main economic problems of the Less-Developed Countries;
  • be able to identify the main causes for differences in the development of Less-Developed Countries;
  • be able to determine main directions and methods of providing aid by the EU to LDCs, and the factors influencing its effectiveness;
  • acquire ability to participate in discussions on the problems related to poverty and backwardness in Less-Developed Countries;
  • develop an open attitude towards the development aid of the EU and its financing aspects.