The European Union: Institutions, Politics and Policy


Course Objective

After this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the most important evolutions concerning the history of
European integration, of the institutional structure of the European
Union, and of key selected issues.
2. Explain how the European Union affects domestic politics as well as
what its role is in international relations in a number of selected
3. Apply key approaches to European integration and concepts to an
understanding of the history and a selection of contemporary themes and
policies of European Union politics.
4. Identify and analyse key contemporary themes of European politics.
5. Present their findings in writing and discuss them with other

Course Content

The European Union has a large influence on political decision-making
and policy-making in Europe and its member states. A good understanding
of the operations of the EU, as well as of the dynamics through which it
develops, is therefore essential to assess the way it affects
contemporary politics and policy. This course introduces students to the
way the EU operates, its institutional architecture, its history, and
its modes of decision-making. The course highlights how EU
decision-making affects domestic politics as well as how it is situated
in a broader, international context.

Besides paying attention to the main characteristics of EU
decision-making, the course familiarizes students with key theories of
European integration (more intergovernmental versus more supranational
approaches) and with alternative theories (e.g. social constructivist
approaches). These insights are applied to selected policy domains that
touch both upon the EU’s internal politics (e.g. economic and monetary
policy) as well as upon its engagement in the global realm (e.g.
migration, security).

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (active learning groups). Please note that
participation in the seminars is mandatory.

Method of Assessment

Midterm short research paper (30%), written exam in last week (70%),
seminar assignments (pass/fail).

Entry Requirements

Mandatory courses PPE specialization Track 3: Political Science


Cini, M. and N. Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.) (2019), European Union
Politics, 5th edition, Oxford UP
Selection of journal articles and/or book chapters

Target Audience

Second year PPE students

Additional Information

Please note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) lecture and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.

Recommended background knowledge

Mandatory courses PPE specialization Track 3: Political Science

General Information

Course Code W_JSM_216
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. O. Terzi MSc
Examiner dr. O. Terzi MSc
Teaching Staff dr. O. Terzi MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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