The course aims to make the students achieve: - in-depth knowledge of the topics covered by the course, on the assumption that the basic elements were acquired during the previous university career; - the ability to critically address the issues and resolve legal issues through the reworking of the notions learned; - the strengthening of the technical language related to the subject; - the ability to link the different topics in order to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through lessons of a casuistic nature carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will have a basic knowledge of EU policies and legislation on sustainable development, in relation to both its internal and external dimensions.
After an introductory part including three 'theoretical sessions', the course will engage in the analysis of three specific EU policies on Sustainable Development (namely immigration and asylum, labor and non- discrimination policies). Each session runs on two or three classes and will combine frontal teaching with a number of case studies and role-plays, requiring students' participation in class activities. Students are expected to prepare in advance for each session and encouraged to read the available bibliography (see the section "Expected Readings"). A group of subjects/questions is provided in advance in order to guide the class discussion.
1. The EU as an Actor of International Law 2. Normative Power Europe: a Credible and Advisable Utopia? According to the "Normative Power Europe" theory, the structure of the EU and its role on the in international scene triggers in principle the capacity to extend its policies and practices beyond the European borders. Is the "Global Reach" of the EU Sustainable Development and Human Rights policies feasible and advisable?
3. The EU Concept of Sustainable Development The EU approach to the concept of Sustainable Development The Relationship between the EU strategy and the 2030 Agenda The EU's fields of action for achieving Sustainable Development The EU SD strategy: State of Play
Part II - The EU Policies on Immigration and Asylum 4. The EU Action for Developing Countries and the Need to Prevent the Root Causes of Forced Migration 5. The External Dimension of the EU Migration and Asylum Policy
Part III - EU Labour Law: Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion 6. Access to the Labour Market and Workers' Rights
Part IV - Promoting Equality in the EU 7. The EU Legal Framework for Preventing Discrimination 8. The EU Antidiscrimination Policies: Preventing and Combatting Racial Discrimination 9. The EU Antidiscrimination Policies: Promoting Gender Equality
Prerequisites for admission
It is necessary to have adequate knowledge of European Union law (basic course) and international law.
The course includes theoretical lessons, but has a workshop approach with the examination of cases and documents.
Cases and materials will be distributed during the course. The readings for each session are available at the Ariel Platform
Assessment methods and Criteria
Only registered students who attend at least 75% of sessions will be graded at the end of the course. This course is evaluated basing on the participation of the students in class activities and an exam will be held at the end of the session.