Interdisciplinary View on the Black Sea Region

Definition of the Black Sea Region (BSR), the geographical definition and historical development patterns, economic-geographical and regional-geographical survey; the BSR as a geopolitical area of conflict; political systems in the BSR, the BSR and ist relations with EU countries; the strategic importance of the BSR for the EU; EU strategies regarding the BSR (incl. Danube region strategies).

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Aiginger, Karl / Ederer, Stefan / Prammer, Jakob / Sieber, Susanne (2010): WIFO-Studie: Österreichs außenwirtschaftliche Beziehungen zur Schwarzmeerregion und deren wirtschaftliche Perspektiven, Wien. Ban, Ioana (2010): Black Sea Region: A Nascent Security Community? LAP Lambert Acad. Publ., 2010. Erkut, Gülden/ Mitchell, Stephen (2007):The Black Sea: Past, Present and Future . David Brown Book Co. Havlik, Peter / Astrov, Vasily / Pöschl, Josef / Hunya, Gabor (2010): WIIW-Studie: Die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung in der Schwarzmeerregion und Herausforderungen für eine Internationalisierungsoffensive Österreichs, Wien. Mangott, Gerhard (2008): The Wider Black Sea Region in the 21st Cen-tury: Strategic, Economic and Energy Perspectives.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, case studies, discussions

Assessment methods and criteria

continuous assessment

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



5 WS



Learning outcome

The successful participants should have detailed knowledge of the economic-geographical and regional-geographical, geopolitical and political framework of the Black Sea Region as well as the economic and political interrelations with the EU, particularly Austria. They will be familiar with the most important political EU strategies regarding the BSR (incl. Danube region strategy). Based on country analyses, they should be able to analyze and evaluate investment conditions especially for international corporations and extrapolate recommendations for investors. The students will have an overview of the structure of the educational infrastructure and scientific landscape and is able to recognize and develop points of contact for future cooperation.

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