Course ObjectiveAfter 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 ContentThe 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.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars (active learning groups). Please note that
participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Method of AssessmentMidterm short research paper (30%), written exam in last week (70%),
seminar assignments (pass/fail).
Entry RequirementsMandatory courses PPE specialization Track 3: Political Science
LiteratureCini, M. and N. Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.) (2019), European Union
Politics, 5th edition, Oxford UP
Selection of journal articles and/or book chapters
Target AudienceSecond year PPE students
Additional InformationPlease note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Custom Course RegistrationThere 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 knowledgeMandatory courses PPE specialization Track 3: Political Science
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. O. Terzi MSc|
|Examiner||dr. O. Terzi MSc|
dr. O. Terzi MSc
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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