Helene Clark Dageville
The seminar aims at giving students a good understanding of European Union policy making and current issues with European employment policies as a focal point. As well as introducing and discussing the European Employment Strategy as such, it will provide an insight into a wide range of EU policy areas that impact on employment - such as social policy, labor law, immigration, or education and training. Key issues that arise in defining an employment policy will be discussed taking into account the values underpinning the European Social Model. The seminar will draw on the diversity of approaches between EU Member States, notably in relation to welfare policy choices. Where possible, a comparative approach with the US situation and policies will be pursued.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a seminar type course based on a mix of lectures and discussions. For each topic, the instructor will provide basic information and students will be expected to take an active role in presenting and discussing selected aspects. The course – given by the current EU Fellow seconded from the European Commission in Brussels - will be more applied than theoretical and will make a wide use of web-based and primary EU documents.
The course is accessible to all students in economics, political science or EU studies, including those without specialized knowledge of EU institutions or labor market economics.
Students who are not familiar with EU development, institutional set up and policies are advised to acquire some general background information in advance.
Course such as EURO 494B /ECON 475A (Economics of the EU), ECON 443 (Labor Market Analysis), POLS 403 (Political Economy of the EU) or POLS 448 (Politics of the European Community) are useful preparatory courses.
Class assignments and grading
Required readings will be indicated in advance for each class. Required readings will be indicated in advance for each class. Complementary readings will be indicated for more in-depth preparation.
Students will select one or several topics for oral presentation in class, based on the seminar outline and the instructor’s guidance, and one topic for a final exam paper.
25 % General participation and oral presentation(s) in class
35 % Paper (5-8 pages) to be submitted by end of term focusing either on a selected Member State or on a selected theme covered by the seminar
40 % End of term exam.