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.
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.
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.