Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE European Union Simulation Unit

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides an opportunity for students to participate in an EU negotiation simulation exercise. Building on their academic knowledge of how the EU works and the role played by the various institutions, this study unit provides an environment in which the student is assigned a role and participates in a simulation exercise in which an EU policy dossier is negotiated. During the negotiations the student will devise their position (in terms of the actor they are representing), participate in negotiations and help conclude a dossier which is agreeable to all those participating.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
- to enable students to better understand the EU institutions and how they work;
- to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate the interests and priorities of an actor (namely the actor they will represent);
- to improve students' understanding of how to negotiate, mediate and broker compromise;
- to provide an opportunity for more detailed analysis of the policy area upon which the dossier will be based (the plan is to use data roaming as the first policy for negotiations);
- to establish a greater appreciation of how politics operates, is undertaken and how the 'management of meaning' is a core concept in negotiations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- discuss how the EU operates and the role and interests of its various actors;
- recognise the complexities involved in undertaking negotiations;
- appreciate the importance of compromise and the articulation of core interests which must be protected;
- have a more pronounced knowledge of how the EU's legal texts are formulated and the factors which impact the final text adopted.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- synthesize and articulate the interests of the actor they are representing;
- undertake negotiations to protect those interests;
- establish an agenda to protect those interests;
- develop skills in compromising but protecting core interests;
- pre-empt the positions taken by other actors and to accommodate these in their own strategies;
- defend their position and the priorities they began with in the light of the final document adopted.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts

- Brunazzo, M. and Settembri, P. (2013) 'Experiencing the European Union: Learning how EU negotiations work through simulation games', Rubbettino Editore, Italy.
- Dur, A; Mateo, G. and Thomas, D. (2010) (eds.) 'Negotiation Theory and the EU: The State of the Art', Journal of European Public Policy Series, Routledge, UK.
- Elgström, O. (2009) 'European Union Negotiations', Routledge, UK.
- Smeets, S. and Pappas, T. (2016) 'Negotiations in the EU Council of Ministers: And All Must Have Prizes', 1st Edition. ECPR Press.

Supplementary Text

- Cede, F. and Meerts, P. (2005), 'Negotiating European Union', Palgrave, UK.
- Chelotti, N. (2017) 'The Formulation of EU Foreign Policy: Socialization, negotiations and disaggregation of the state', Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies, UK.
- Schneider, C. (2012) 'Conflict, Negotiation and European Union Enlargement', Cambridge University Press, UK.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-unit: EST2140

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task Yes 20%
Workbook Yes 20%
Practical No 60%

LECTURER/S Mark Harwood (Co-ord.)

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