Solidarity and cohesion in the European Union

Course Information
TitleSolidarity and cohesion in the European Union / Solidarity and cohesion in the European Union
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID600022049

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: • be able to critically evaluate the different dimensions and mechanisms of solidarity at European and national level • form a general picture of the phenomena and problems related to the territorial dimension of development • familiarize themselves with the debate on development strategies at European, national and subnational level • enhance their knowledge on the nature, dynamics and impact of European governance
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is to discuss the questions pertaining to the concepts of solidarity and cohesion – two of the fundamental values of the European Union. Lectures start with a conceptual discussion focusing on the linkages between solidarity and cohesion. Secondly, the concepts of development, territorial inequalities and regional policy are examined and interpreted, the relationship between cohesion and economic integration are explored, the current socio-economic disparities in the territory of the ΕU are outlined, and the division of labour between the EU and the member states for the promotion of cohesion is sketched. A substantial part of the course is then dedicated to the analysis of the history, logic, principles and institutional framework of cohesion policy – a complex and ambitious European policy widely viewed as the main “EU solidarity tool”. The course concludes with a discussion of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), – a new, unprecedented, and temporary recovery instrument which aims at promoting the Union’s cohesion, making European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions. . COURSE MODULES 1. Key concepts 2. Territorial disparities in the EU 3. Economic integration and territorial disparities 4. Objectives, methods and instruments of regional policy 5. The EU cohesion policy – a historical overview 6. The institutional dimension of cohesion policy 7. The implementation of cohesion policy in the EU member states 8. The establishment of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) 9. The adoption and the implementation of National Recovery and Resilience Plans
European Union, solidarity, economic, social and territorrial cohesion, cohesion policy, resilience
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment381.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Andreou, G. (2017), “The EU New Economic Governance and EU Cohesion Policy: More Effectiveness and Less Solidarity?”, paper presented at ECPR Annual Conference, September, Oslo, available at (accessed 10 June 2019). Andreou, G. (2021), "Solidarity in the EU after 2020; prospects for the cohesion “policy space", Region & Periphery, Vol. 13, pp. 65–90. Bache, I. (2008), Europeanization and Multilevel Governance: Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. Bachtler, J., Mendez, C. and Wishlade, F. (2013), EU Cohesion Policy and European Integration, Farnham: Ashgate. European Commission (2021), “Cohesion in Europe towards 2050; Eighth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion”, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, available at (accessed 18 May 2022). Ladi, S. and Tsarouhas, D. (2020), “EU economic governance and Covid-19: policy learning and windows of opportunity”, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 42, No. 8, pp. 1041-1056.
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