3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020282GNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Decaan ES (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
9 contact hours Lecture
15 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course will focus on four interrelated Trans-Atlantic themes:

  • TRANS-ATLANTIC MEGA-TRENDS: Cultural Similarities & Differences
  • TRANS-ATLANTIC COMPETITIVENESS:  21st Century Global Metrics
  • TRANS-ATLANTIC TRADE:  The Potential & Probability of TTIP
  • TRANS-ATLANTIC REFORMATION:  Restoring Prosperity Through US & EU Social Welfare Reforms

The approach here will be to 1) raise awareness of the main issues involved within each of these four related themes. And, 2) engender in each student a desire to learn more about and search for solutions to these critical economic and societal challenges.

Course material
Course text (Recommended) : Trans-Atlantic Competitiveness & Western Prosperity
Additional info

Study material

A course syllabus and an electronic reader with selected readings will be provided. 

Complementary study material

Professor will provide a list of supplemental readings to support further study.


(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Learning Outcomes

General competences

The aim of this course is to explore the relative economic competitiveness of the EU and the United States, and how national policies affect the commercial success and prosperity of these two societies.  In this context, the potential and probability of a US-EU TTIP Agreement will be discussed.  Given the significant impact and tenuous viability of Western social welfare models on the economic performance of selected economies, we will also examine various alternative ideas to the models in place today.

A broader and deeper understanding of the interaction between public policy and private sector decision-making will prepare tomorrow’s strategic thinkers to operate more effectively on a global scale.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject