European Regionalism and EU Regional Policy

Course unit code M. 2.10
Course unit title European Regionalism and EU Regional Policy
Name(s), surname(s) and title of lecturer(s) Professor Evgeny Troitskiy.
Level of course Master
Semester Second
ECTS credits 3
Working hours Contact hours 28
  Lectures 8
  Seminars 20
  Self-study 80
  Total 108
Work placement None
Prerequisites Passing the courses “History of European Integration”, “Single European Market and Economic and Monetary Union”, “Political System of the EU”.
Language of instruction English
Objectives of the course Learning outcomes A student’s assessments methods
Developingacomprehensive understanding of EU’s regional policy, encompassing its historical and theoretical dimensions; developing a comprehension of European regions, the regional structure of the European space, the evolution of European regions in modern and contemporary times, the typology of European regions and national regional policies, political developments at the regional level, the specifics of regions as actors of European politics, trends of interregional cooperation in the EU; learning to analyze the experience of the implementation of EU regional policy programs in concrete regions; learning the art of critical reflection and interpretation of the ideas and concepts of EU regional policy and European regionalism; learning to discuss the problems of the discipline in Russian and in foreign languages. On passing the course, a student must: Know - factors and reasons of the EU regional policy’s emergence, its major development stages, institutions and instruments; - fundamental ideas and concepts of Eurоpean regionalism, the specifics of regions as actors of European politics, tendencies and forms of interregional cooperation within the EU; - major accomplishments of EU regional policy and the problems it currently faces. Be able to: - orient oneself in the objectives, instruments and mechanisms of EU’s economic, social and regional policy; - search independently for documents and literature on the problems of European integration and synthesize the information in academic and analytic papers; - hold a professional discussion of the discipline’s problems in Russian and in foreign languages. As an independent work students have to submit and defend an individual project paper devoted to the analysis of the implementation of regional policy programs in a concrete region of the European Union. The paper of 15 to 25 pages should reflect the following aspects: concise characteristics of the selected region, of the specifics of its social and economic development and of the reasons why this territory became a recipient of EU’s support; the category (categories) of programs implemented in the region; institutional design of the program implementation (the interaction of European institutions, national and regional authorities; administrative bodies, organizations, companies carrying out the projects); accomplishments gained in the region due to EU’s support, problems and difficulties faced by the regional development programs; general conclusion on the adequacy of support measures offered by the EU to the problems of the chosen region’s development and on the efficiency of the development programs. The defense of individual project papers envisages the peer-reviewing of papers by students.
Teaching methods - Lectures - Seminars - Tutorial - Course paper
Course unit content Course objective – developingacomprehensive understanding of EU’s regional policy, encompassing its historical and theoretical dimensions. Gained knowledge and skills: Knowledge of factors and reasons of the EU regional policy’s emergence, its major development stages, institutions and instruments; skills of analyzing political and socio-economic trends in the EU at supranational, national, regional and local levels taking into account their complexity and interconnectedness; ability to apply the knowledge of principles and techniques of the functioning of EU institutions for the solution of practical tasks of interactions between Russia and the EU; skills of finding, accumulating and preliminarily generalizing empirical material and of making justified conclusions; knowledge of professional terminology and conceptual framework of the discipline in Russian and foreign languages.
List of Topics Topic title Contact hours Assignments and independent study hours
Comprehending the European Regions 1 8
European Regions after World War II 3 8
Emergence of the EEC \ EU Regional Policy. Its Legal Basis and Instruments 4 8
Implementation of Regional Policy Programmes: Accomplishments and Problems 4 8
  Regions as Actors of European Politics 4 8
  Theory of “Multilevel Governance in the EU” and Regional Policy 4 8
  Associations of Regions and Their Activities at European Level 2 8
  The EU Regional Policy Experience: Lessons for Russia? 2 4
  Defense of Individual Projects 4 20
Assessment requirements Participation in seminars; submitting and presenting an individual project.
Assessment criteria Level of readiness for seminars; activity at seminars; structure, content, range of sources and timing of submitting individual project papers; meeting the formal criteria of writing academic papers; quality of individual project presentation.
The composition of final accumulative mark Individual Projects – 50% Presentation – 10% Participation in seminars – 40%
Author of the course Evgeny Troitskiy