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210120 SE M5b: SpezialisierungsSE EU und Europäisierung (2017S)

Meeting the challenge of competitiveness: EU policies and politics (engl.)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

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Mittwoch 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 29.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 05.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 10.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 24.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 31.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Mittwoch 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6

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The course aims to advance participants knowledge and understanding of the EU policies and politics tackling competitiveness challenge. Over recent decades, competitiveness has become one of the key concepts in the EU governance. This course facilitates development of in-depth understanding and critical reflection on the competitiveness discourse and its use in the EU. It focuses on the evolution of the main policy ideas and instruments surrounding the competitiveness discourse as well as on the relevant policy areas such as science, technology and innovation, higher education, and regional development. The course analyzes EU competitiveness policies and politics internationally as well as in national contexts of EU countries. Furthermore, it compares competitiveness policies and politics with alternative approaches prioritizing inclusion, cohesion and sustainability.

Three main themes to be addressed in the course include:
1. Ideas and instruments in competitiveness policies and politics: Evolution of the main ideas: competitiveness, science, technology and innovation, innovation systems; Changing rationales and policy instruments
2. Competitiveness policies in the EU: science, technology and innovation, higher education, regional development
3. Critical approaches to competitiveness policies and politics and alternatives to competitiveness: cohesion, inclusion, sustainability

Weekly seminars involve reflexive discussions of readings and research paper proposals, team work, data analysis, presentations and provision of feedback. Brief reflection papers (1 page) on the selected readings (i.e. recent publications of internationally leading scientists in this research field) help analyzing texts and topics. Preparation of research paper is supported by discussion of essay proposal and providing feedback on essay presentation.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The course assessment covers the following elements:
1. reading seminar literature, one page reflection papers on selected readings
2. active participation in seminar discussions
3. presentation of research paper
4. research paper

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

1. Reading seminar literature, one page reflection papers on selected readings. Criteria: Identification of the main ideas and concepts in the texts, own reflection (see guidelines below), questions and suggestions for discussion

2. Active participation in seminar discussions. Criteria: demonstrates close reading of and reflection on the texts; providing constructive feedback on contributions from the colleagues

3. Presentation of research paper. Criteria: Interesting and engaging presentation of the topic, research questions and the main findings.

4. Research paper. Criteria: systematic and consistent exploration of an interesting, relevant and clear research question using appropriate data and relevant academic literature, leading to robust findings.

Prüfungsstoff

You are free to choose topic for your research paper within the thematic scope of this course. Possible topics (to be narrowed down for specific research papers) include (but are not limited to):
1. Evolution of policies supporting global competitiveness in the EU
2. Political ideologies and competitiveness measures in the EU
3. Policy learning and transfer within and beyond EU to enhance competitiveness
4. Critical analysis of competitiveness discourse and policies in the Europe Union
5. Tensions between competitiveness and cohesion/inclusion/ sustainability in the EU
6. Europeanization of competitiveness policies Austria and other EU countries
7. Science and technology in international relations
8. Science diplomacy
9. The science and engineering workforce
10. Research and innovation in energy policy
11. Military research and innovation
12. Big Science and large-scale research infrastructures

Literatur

Selected literature list includes:
1. Chou, M.-H. and Gornitzka, A. (Eds.) (2014) Building the Knowledge Economy in Europe. New Constellations in European Research and Higher Education Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
2. Mayer, M., Carpes, M. and Knoblich R. (Eds.) (2014) The Global Politics of Science and Technology – Vol 1. Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines. and Vol 2. Perspectives, Cases and Methods. Berlin: Springer.
3. Prange-Gstöhl, H. (Ed.) (2010) International Science and Technology Cooperation in a Globalized World. The External Dimension of the European Research Area. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
4. Smits, R., Kuhlmann, S. and Shapira, P. (Eds.) (2010) The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy. An International Research Handbook. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
5. Stephan, P. (2012) How Economics Shape Science. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
6. Wedlin, L. and Nedeva, M. (Eds.) (2015) Towards European Science. Dynamics and Policy of an Evolving European Research Space. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Specific readings will be provided for each week including the most recent publications on these topics. Additional sources for research papers will be suggested as well.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:38