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NAM-VI Transatlantic Relations during the Presidency of Barack Obama and beyond 2 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
North American Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

The students will gain an in-depth perspective on a broad selection of social institutions issues in North America and in Europe.

General description

Subject 1: Transatlantic Relations during the Presidency of Barack Obama and beyond

Learning Objectives:

This course is designed to introduce the students to the major issues in American policy towards the European countries during the presidency of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The lecture is designed to cover the main facts and opinions about the state of transatlantic relations. During the panel discussion the students will be able to ask the questions and express their opinions.

The main objective for the participants of the course are:

  • Understanding of Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy
  • Knowledge of the principles and assumptions of US policy towards Europe
  • Critical thinking about current challenges in transatlantic relations in the context of the world politics
  • The changes in Donald Trump’s policy agenda

Topical Outline:

  • Cooperation in coping with the international security challenges and threats  (Afghanistan, Iran, proliferation of WMD, climate change, etc.)
  • Cooperation in NATO
  • Transatlantic economic relationship during the financial crisis (negotiations on TTIP)
  • Cooperation on fighting ISIS
  • Ukrainian crisis

Subject 2:Economic sanctions as an  instrument of foreign policy – the case of sanctions against Iran and Russia

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of  the objectives of U.S. and EU sanctions
  • Knowledge of the historical background and character of sanctions
  • Critical thinking about their  nature and outcomes

Topical Outline:

  • Theory of sanctions as an instrument of economic and political coercion; their  utility, and consequences
  • Chronology of key events
  • The U.S., UE and UN sanctions against Iran imposed in the 21st century
  • International cooperation with senders
  • Updated impact of the sanctions




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Katri Sieberg, Teacher responsible
Paulina Matera, Teacher

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20-Mar-2018 – 23-Mar-2018
Lectures 8 hours
Tue 20-Mar-2018 at 10-12, PinniB 3074
Wed 21-Mar-2018 at 11-13, PinniB 3032
Wed 21-Mar-2018 at 14-16, PinniB 3074
Thu 22-Mar-2018 at 10-12, PinniB 3074

Further information

Visiting teacher. One week course in March.