One of the main objectives of the EPOG Master’s Course is to develop in-depth understanding of economic policies interdependencies (i.e. a “systemic” approach) which takes account of the interactions among real policies in the professional environment, from microeconomic and industrial policies to macroeconomic and financial regulation, and from local and regional to global policies, through:
- an interdisciplinary approach within the different economics and disciplinary fields (economics, law and political sciences, geography, history, sociology);
- the common framework structure of the Semester 3 at the University of Paris 13 which will allow students a better understanding of the connections between economic policies.
The study of economic policies interdependencies is mandatory for all students and is taught through five courses (“joint seminars”, from September to February). This is the main element that has been created especially for the EPOG Master’s degree, and is aimed at understanding policies interactions and promoting a common culture among the students. The seminars will cover:
- European economic policies in the context of globalisation (30 hours),
- Public goods, territories, institutions and globalisation (21 hours),
- Variety of capitalism and regional integration in the global economy (21 hours),
- Economic policy explained by economic actors and policy makers (30 hours).
Each seminar will be taught by an academic or an appropriate professional who is a leading expert in the field. Value will also be given to interdisciplinary insights. The list of issues and professors involved in each “joint seminars” series will be adapted taking account of priorities and invitation opportunities.
“European economic policies in the context of globalisation” aims at providing students with familiarity in current European economic policy frameworks and at acquiring in-depth knowledge on the counter-cyclical and structural policies in Europe in relation to the three main course options.
“Public goods, territories, institutions and globalisation” will discuss the theories and implementation of market driven policies. The seminars will focus on innovation and public services. It will also aim at providing students with an up to date analytical view of the interdependence between the (still) territorial level of institutions and the already global economic playing field. Frontier issues, including extension of the globalisation process to new categories of goods and the growing need of global coordination mechanisms, will be discussed.
“Variety of capitalism and regional integration in the global economy” will analyse the main evolutions in capitalism. Variety of capitalism is highlighted to provide students with the tools they will need to understand the plurality of the socio-economic patterns of development, sources of competitiveness, policy strategies… National forms of capitalism and the interdependencies between capitalisms will be discussed.
“Economic policy explained by economic actors and policy makers” is a seminar series aimed at providing accurate and practical knowledge related to policy making and policy implementation. It should provide knowledge of the main public policy institutions and a better understanding of firms’ reactions to public policy. Half of the seminars will be taught by officials and professionals from public institutions who play significant roles in policy making or policy implementation, and half will be taught by private sector professionals to enable a better understanding of the impact of public policy on their activities. Invitations will be issued to professionals involved in globalised economic activity and related dimensions of economic policy. The profiles of invited speakers will likely correspond to the career opportunities that should be open to of EPOG graduates. In the public field, these professionals will come from national and international organisations (such as ministries, trade unions, European Commission, UN, OECD…). In the private sector, we will invite professionals from big firms working on economic intelligence, strategy, international development and those working in start-ups, small innovating firms and important NGOs. The associated partners and members of the EPOG consortium will contribute to this course. A visit to the European Commission in Brussels or to the European Parliament will be organised.
The students will be asked to work, among other sources, on scientific articles and official reports from public and private organisations that analyse economic policy.
The work asked to the students include:
- The discussion of articles and presentations given by both academics and practitioners (in various fields related to the different options of EPOG). Each student will be appointed as discussant for a given set of seminars ans assessed on the basis of a) richness and originality of its content, b) its critical dimension in reference to the arguments of the main speaker, and c) its links to the existing literature on the topic at hand;
- The participation in teh joint seminars where the students are not appointed as discussant.
- A 3-5 page paper in which the students have to relate the seminars to their master’s dissertation. Cross-fertilization between the three options of EPOG, both in terms of cooperation among students from different options and examining the interactions between different policies cutting across options will be encourages.
The list of the past and coming joint seminars are availaible here.