Course Description

Course Name

The US, the EU and China: Who is going to Lead?

Session: VRMU3223

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is an advanced course of International Relations where students will learn how to apply Theories of International Relations to critically analyze contemporary global affairs between the US, the EU and China. Will these global actors try to use increasingly power politics or institutional cooperation? Will they be able to write together the rules of the Game? The US, the EU and China might recur to different policies and strategies  depending on the circumstances and prevailing ideologies. Accordingly, the future of International Relations can be mapped in four scenarios: 1. Each global power tries to undermine the others, i.e. Everyone goes alone = mistrust and anarchy; 2. A coalition between the western powers, i.e. The US and the EU against China = instability; 3. The China Age, i.e. threat for Western powers; 4. The construction of an effective multi‐polar world, i.e. The US, The EU and China = equilibrium.

*Course content subject to change