CO-FUNDED BY THE ERASMUS + PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
JEAN MONNET MODULE
EUROPEAN UNION: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES
The proposed project represents an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to introducing European Union Studies at Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan. The project consists of one core teaching activity, a European Union: Institutions and Policies (EUIP) course, whose objective is to both promote first teaching experience for a young scholar and nourish interest in the European Union (EU) in a country where students have limited knowledge about it. The reason for introducing this course at our University is the identified need to teach our undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences about the most advanced example of regional integration. This subject is particularly relevant for Kazakhstan which is undergoing regional integration within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The project entails few other auxiliary activities, such as: i) guest lectures delivered by experts from Europe aimed at bringing in multidisciplinary perspectives to the proposed project, ii) creation of a blog where students enrolled in the EUIP course will be able to publish their research output on comparative regionalism, whereby they will apply the learned concepts from EU Studies to the integration efforts of the EAEU, iii) workshops dedicated both to disseminating the findings of the proposed project and to building bridges between the Kazakh policy-making community and the world of academia with the objective of facilitating transfer of knowledge and stimulating the generation of policy-relevant knowledge in academia and the development of evidence-based policies in the public sector, and iv) outreach sessions meant to stimulate interest in the EU among a target group not immediately involved in the project, such as high school students in Astana.
DR. MAJA SAVEVSKA
Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University
OVERVIEW OF COURSES
EUROPEAN UNION: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES
Spring Term 2018, 2019 and 2020
European Union: Institutions and Policies is a 300 level undergraduate course whose core objective is to introduce students to one of the most advanced instances of regional integration, the European Union (EU).
Throughout the course students are required to make a connecting logic between the European integration experience and the integration efforts of the Eurasian Economic Union. The numerous written assignments require students to engage in comparative analysis of the two examples of regional integration. Students should be able to compare:
The legal frameworks and treaties that govern the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU),
The institutional structure of each regional bloc by examining the functions and roles of key EU’s intuitions such as the European Council, the Council of EU, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union versus the key institutions of the Eurasian Economic Union, such as the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Council, the Collegium, the Parliament, and the Court of the EAEU.
The policy-making processes of the EU and the EAEU.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Spring Term 2017 and 2018 and Fall Term 2016
This course is a 300 level undergraduate course. There is no better time to study IPE than in the aftermath of the Great Recession when an increasing number of policy-makers from all shades of the political spectrum are voicing an opposition to the existing economic rulebook. While Comparative Political Economy (CPE) deals with the question of the role of the state in the production, distribution and consumption of resources within national borders, IPE brings global politics in the equation. Lectures and reading material will deal with the main theoretical and empirical developments in global political economy research. We will pay special attention to international trade, the global system of production and the international monetary regime. This course aims to provide students with a strong analytical understanding and empirical survey of the major debates in IPE.
POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Fall Term 2016 and 2017
This course is a graduate course intended for master students who are familiar with the basic tenets of International Political Economy (IPE). Lectures and reading material will deal with substantive issues in international finance and monetary affairs, which is one of the major issue areas in IPE, the others being trade, production and development. This course aims to provide students with a strong analytical understanding and empirical survey of the major debates in the field such as the analysis of exchange rate policies, capital movements, currency crises, international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Bank of International Settlement, etc.
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Dr Maja Savevska - Jean Monnet
Assistant Professor - International Political Economy
Department of Political Science and International Relations
SHSS | Nazarbayev University
53 Qabanbay Batyr Ave