European Union Politics and Government

Course Information
TitleEuropean Union Politics and Government / European Union Politics and Government
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID100001311

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Skills Development
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Sufficient knowledge of English.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will: - Have full knowledge of the different actors in the process of European integration - be able to analyze sufficiently the political developments in the EU and to properly understand the factors that play a role in shaping final decisions. - Understand the dynamics of integration - Have improved their active and passive, oral and written, use of the English language.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in an international context
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is an elective spring semester course taught and examined in English. It is addressed to students of the School, students from other departments and schools of the University and students who are on ERASMUS exchange programs. It analyzes and delves into the institutional and decision-making framework of European Union today. It addresses particularly the interaction and mutual interconnection between the various EU institutions and the dynamics that develop between the Union and the Member States, between the Union and its external environment, as well as between the intergovernmental and the supranational elements of integration. It adresses the question of whether we can speak of a separate EU political system - especially after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty - and explores its main features. Moreover, it focuses on some key issues dominating the current debate within the EU: the future of European integration in the light of the recent "triple crisis" (Eurozone, Brexit, migration), the geographical and political limits of the Union, the concept and characteristics of multi-level governance, as well as the issue of popular legitimacy and European identity. The course is provided in the form thematic seminars. Students are expected be prepared in advance for the course. The course demands a strong element of participation of students who are required to participate in the discussions, to prepare work for it and to provide directions in the course of the lesson. Participation is mandatory and the final grade is a combination of attendance, participation, presentation of work and the final examination.
political system, European Union, EU governance
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment501.8
Student Assessment
Attendance is highly recommended and participation in class will count for 20% of the final grade. Students are required to prepare a paper (10-12 pages) on one of the topics suggested by the professor. The paper will be presented (no more than 20 minutes) and discussed in class. At the end of the course there will be a brief oral examination for each student on the paper s/he has submitted. Assessment is based on the following: Participation in class (20%) Paper (50%) Presentation (15%) Final examination (15%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Sten Berglund- Joakim Ekman - Henri Vogt - Frank Aarebrot: The Making of the European Union: Foundations, Institutions And Future Trends (Hardcover). Edward Elgar publishing house ltd, Cheltenham, 2006. Liesbet Hooghe - Gary Marks: Multi-Level Governance and European Integration. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2001. John McCormick Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction, 4th Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, May 2008. Neill Nugent: The government and politics of the European Union. The European Union Series. 8th edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. John Peterson - Michael Shackleton (eds.): The Institutions of the European Union (New European Union Series) (Paperback). Oxford University Press, London, 2006. Andreas Staab: The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact. Indiana University Press, 2009. Loukas Tsoukalis: In Defence of Europe - Can the European Project Be Saved? Oxford University Press, New York, 2016. William Wallace, Helen Wallace, and Mark Pollack (eds.): Policy-Making in the European Union (The New European Union Series). 6th edition. Oxford University Press, London, 2010. Antje Wiener, Thomas Diez (eds.): European Integration Theory. Oxford University Press, London, 2009.
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