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210121 SE M5: EU and Europeanisation (2020S)

EU sanctions: powerful weapon or paper tigers?

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 45 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 11.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 18.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 25.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 01.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 22.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 29.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 06.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 13.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 20.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 03.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 10.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 17.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 24.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Unprecedented geopolitical challenges, international crises, and democratic backsliding have unsettled world politics over the past few years. The responses to these crises have come in the form of sanctions. In the European Union, too, sanctions have developed into important instruments in its toolbox. The most visible are economic restrictions to trade aimed at countries like North Korea or Russia. Yet, the European Union has a wide range of types of sanctions at its disposal to face internal and external crises such as conditionality clauses, the Article 7 procedure, or travel bans to name a few. Why and how does the European Union choose among this range of sanctions? Under what conditions does it target actors with sanctions? And, how effective are these sanctions? We will draw on the most recent research on European Union sanctions in order to investigate them by using a broad set of data sources and cutting-edge methodological approaches.

Participants of this course will learn to:
• Identify the most recent international research results and the gaps of scholarly research in the area of sanctions
• Distinguish methods of studying sanctions and assess their strengths and limitations
• Compare, understand and apply theories of sanctions research to a specific case or issue
• Replicate and test a theoretical expectation on a specific case or issue within the area of sanctions research

Assessment and permitted materials

This seminar requires regular attendance, active participation and assignments during term time. Regular attendance is mandatory, especially session 1 is obligatory. No more than two sessions may be missed. Coursework includes written and oral assignments independently and in a team. Submission of each assignment on time is mandatory. Plagiarized assignments count as no submission. Students may be asked to attend public events relevant to the seminar topic.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• 10 % Attendance and participation
Students attend and participate in the classroom
• 20 % Literature review
Based on the course readings, students review the state of the art and identify a relevant gap in the sanctions literature
• 30 % Group presentation
Based on a research article, students present a method, how the method works, how it was embedded in the research, how it was exercised in the article, discuss its strengths and limitations, and implement an applied feature in class - possibly online
• 40 % Term paper
Students discuss and replicate a theoretical expectation formulated in the literature, and test this expectation on a specific issue by using an appropriate methodological approach and empirical data

Examination topics

Course readings and information gathered during class

Reading list

• Fürrutter, Martina (2019) The transnationalized reality of EU sanctioning: a new research agenda beyond the study of effective economic sanctions. Journal of European Public Policy, doi: 10.1080/13501763.2019.1678661
• Peksen, Dursun (2019) When Do Imposed Economic Sanctions Work? A Critical Review of the Sanctions Effectiveness Literature. Defence and Peace Economics, doi: 10.1080/10242694.2019.1625250

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