EU Institutions and Policies

Course Information
TitleEU Institutions and Policies / EU Institutions and Policies
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID100001312

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
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
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
In the context of the course, students will: - aquire a comprehensive picture of the activities of the EU and the delimitation of competences between the EU and the member states - be able to study and discuss current economic, political and social developments in Europe in the light of the various interdependences between the national, the EU and the international level - aquire the necessary analytical tools so as to specialize in a specific area of EU activity and/or a particular public policy affected by EU action
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This is an optional course, provided in English for the students of the School, students in other Schools of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and students studying in the University under an ERASMUS exchange program. It examines the various sectoral policies of the European Union (EU), in particular those linked to the completion of the single market, as well as those horizontal policies regarding the external action of the Union (the EU Foreign and Security policies and the Common Policy on Security and Defence) and the policies in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Moreover, it reviews the historical stages of regional integration, starting from the common market and culminating with the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), including also the agricultural policies, regional development and cohesion policies and environmental policy. Finally, the course analyzes the impact of these policies on European integration and examines their future perspectives. Course modules 1. The historical stages of regional integration 2. The single market 3. Competition policy 4. The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) 5. The EU budget 6. Cohesion policy 7. The Common Agricultural Policy 8. Social and employment policies – the Lisbon Strategy and Europe 2020 9. Environmental policy 10. The Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Policy on Security and Defense 11. The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
European Union, european intagration, EU policies, Europeanization
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
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
J. Bradley, G. Petrakos and I. Traistaru, Integration, growth and cohesion in an enlarged European Union. Αθήνα: HEAL-LINK/ Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών, 2006. D. Borbery, Trade Specialization in the Enlarged European Union. Αθήνα: HEAL-LINK/ Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών, 2005.
Additional bibliography for study
I. Bache, S. Bulmer S. George and O. Parker (eds.), Politics in the European Union (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. N. Moussis. Access to European Union: Law, Economics, Policies, 18th updated edition. EUROPEAN STUDY SERVICE, 43 Avenue Paola, B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium May 2009. in 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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