The Political System of the European Union

Course Information
TitleΤο Πολιτικό Σύστημα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης / The Political System of the European Union
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID100001015

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses beloging to the selected specializationWinter-5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, students are expected to: - aquire a comperhensive view of the institutional system and function of the EU - understand the particularities and the multilevel nature of the EU political system - be able to follow and interpret political and economic developments in the EU in the light of the inter-dependencies between the national political system, the EU political system and the international environment - possess the necessary intellectual baggage in order to study particular aspects of the institutional process of the EU and/ or examine specific forms of governance with a significant European dimension
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines the political and institutional framework and the functioning of the European Union. It analyses the role of the main institutional organs of the Union, emphasizing the role of inter-institutional interdependence, the significance of outside interventions and the relations between the member states and the Union. Its main objective is to study the dynamics of European integration in the passage of time, in order to examine whether the current "system" is indeed a homogeneous political system, to define its form and characteristics and to assess its future evolution. This approach allows us to compare the main characteristics of the EU political system with the corresponding characteristics of national political systems in order to define and explain the ensuing differences and to better understand the unique nature of the European Union. COURSE MODULES A. GENERAL OVERVIEW 1. Conceptualization and theorizing 2. Objectives, principles and competences of the EU B. THE INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTORS OF THE EU 3. The European Commission 4. The Council of Ministers 5. The European Council 6. The European Parliament 7. European Union Law and the EU's Courts 8. Other institutions 9. Law-making in the EU 10. Interest groups 11. The Member States C. CRITICAL APPRAISAL 12. The EU in crisis? Problems, deficits and dilemmas
European Union, EU institutions, european integration, governance in the EU
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment682.5
Written assigments27.51
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
S. Hix, To πολιτικό σύστημα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, 2009. N. Nugent, Πολιτική και διακυβέρνηση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Σαββάλας, 2012.
Additional bibliography for study
N. Μαραβέγιας (επιµ.), Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση.: Δημιουργία, Εξέλιξη, Προοπτικές. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κριτική, 2016. A. Πλιάκος, Δίκαιο Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης. Tόμος 1, περί θεσμών. Aθήνα: Εκδόσεις Oικονομικού Πανεπιστήμιου Aθηνών, 2006. I. Bache, S. Bulmer S. George and O. Parker (eds.), Politics in the European Union (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. H. Wallace, M. Pollack, and A.Young (eds.), Policy Making in the European Union (Seventh Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
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