Section of European Integration
In March 2012, the Scientific Board of the Institute of International Relations approved the change of name and curricular content of the specialization ‘European Integration and External Relations of the EU’ devised by the Section. The Section’s strategy for the next years is based on the need to further adapt the research ventures to the didactical activities. This implies the linking of both the individual strategies of scientific development and the general plans of the Section with the didactical responsibilities. Particular importance was attributed to publications thematically connected with the courses held by the Section’s employees. One important area in which studies will be undertaken is the methodological aspects of external relations of the EU. In the near future, we are planning to establish a new Centre for Contemporary Diplomacy within the Section, which will prepare – in co-operation with the Section of Law and International Institutions – a curricular reform of the specialization ‘Contemporary Diplomacy’. Particular emphasis will be placed on improving the offer of specialization courses, especially in the field of the practice of diplomacy and issues connected with the organizational structure, the instruments of the European External Action Service, the competences and the functioning of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as new types of diplomacy – public diplomacy, environmental diplomacy, etc.
The goal of the specialization in ‘European Integration and the External Relations of the EU’ is to pass on to students the in-depth, university-level knowledge regarding four groups of subjects:
- The legal and institutional bases of the external relations of the EU, including: legal and institutional bases of external relations of the EU; economic law of the EU; European culture and civilization; Diplomatic Protocol of the EU;
- The major fields of external relations of the EU, including: Common Commercial Policy; EU Policy regarding development and humanitarian aid; asylum, visas and protection of the external borders of the EU; EU Common Foreign and Security Policy;
- The EU’s relations with states and regions, including: EU’s relations with European states; EU’s relations with states and organizations from the region of Latin America; EU’s relations with Arab states and the states of Sub-Saharan Africa; EU’s relations with the USA; EU’s Asian strategy; Spain and Italy in the EU;
- The Member States’ policy towards the external relations of the EU, including such courses as: Germany and the external relations of the EU; France and the external relations of the EU; The United Kingdom and the external relations of the EU; small and medium Member States and the external relations of the EU; Poland in the EU.
At the end of the second level studies, students receive the MA diploma in International Relations with specialization in European Integration and External Relations of the EU.
The research plans of the Section of European Integration for the next years include:
- The execution under statutory research in the academic year 2012–2013 of the Research project ‘Prospects for the Enlargement of the European Union’.
- The Organization in the academic year 2013/2014 of a scientific conference on: ‘The methodological aspects of research in relation to the field of external relations of the European Union’.
Chairman: prof. Dariusz Popławski