1670 Canada-European Union Relations

1670 Canada-European Union Relations

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Mitja Durnik, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • Critical thinking and analytical solution of more complex problems in the field of comparative policies
  • Understanding the importance of comparative analysis in EU-Canada relations
  • Acquiring a wide range of knowledge to analyze relations between countries (regions)


  • use of acquired knowledge to solve practical problems
  • ability of analytical and integrative thinking in the field of multidisciplinarity,
  • ability to critically evaluate and solve problems, especially in relation to vulnerable groups.

2. Content

  • Canada and the EU: A History of Relationships
  • (Con) federalism and decentralization
  • European institutions and EU external relations
  • Canada's foreign policy and important political players
  • Existing economic agreements
  • CETA Agreement: Negotiations and Final Solutions
  • Regulatory mechanisms in the context of the economic cooperation
  • Cooperation on environmental policy and climate change
  • Post-Brexit Relations Policy
  • Comparative policy and migration governance in Canada and the EU
  • Challenges of contemporary multiculturalism
  • Comparative Regionalism

3. Readings

  • Csehi, R. (2017). Horizontal coordination in federal political systems – non-centralization in the European Union and Canada compared. Journal of European Public Policy, 24, 562–579.
  • Durnik, M. (2020). Community Development: Local Immigration Partnerships in Canada and Implications for Slovenia. Acta Geographica Slovenica (fortcoming).
  • Fudge, J. (2015). Constitutionalizing Labour Rights in Canada and Europe: Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining, and Strikes. Current Legal Problems, 68(1), 267–305. 
  • Hix, S. (2018). Brexit: Where is the EU–UK Relationship Heading? Journal of Common Market Studies, 56 (S1) 1–17.
  • Maas, W. (2017). Boundaries of political community in Europe, the US, and Canada. Journal of European Integration, 39, 575–590.Trinidad, M. & Leiva, G. (2015). Cultural diversity and free trade: the case of the EU-Canada agreement. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23, 765–781.
  • White, E. (2017). 'The Obstacles to Concluding the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and Lessons for the Future'. Global Trade and Customs Journal, 5,  176–183.
  • Verdun, A. (2018). EU-Canada Strategic Partnership: Ups and downs. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 11(3), 18–29.

4. Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will learn about modern trends in planning politics and the impact of different policies to achieve the outlined strategy and objectives.
  • Using case studies they will gain specific knowledge of compraative analysis of the EU-Canada relations
  • Ability to make decisions based on data and policy  content.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • student preparations for tutorials
  • tutorials
  • e-learning
  • case study
  • problem based learning
  • research work




6. Assessment

  • written or oral exam (50%)
  • assignments and active participation in lectures (20%)
  • problem based learning (10%)
  • seminar paper (20%)