Political System of the European Union
- Student is able to conduct professional activities internationally.
- Student is able to work in team.
- Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process.
- Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
- Institutional Architecture of the EUThe EU as a Political System. The Separation of Powers in the EU: the European Executive. The Separation of Powers in the EU: the Legislative Process and Political Groups. The Separation of Powers in the EU: the Judicial Politics.
- EU Policy ProcessPolicy Process and Interest Groups at the EU level. The Single Market & Competition Policy. EU Budget and the Expenditure Policies. The Economic and Monetary Union and the role of the ECB. Interior Policies of the EU. Foreign Policies of the EU.
- Weekly quizzesEvery DG starts with a brief 8-minute 10-question multiple choice quiz to check if students mastered the compulsory readings for the class. These quizzes amount for 20% of the grade for the class.
- DG participation20% comes from the students’ work in class during the DGs (which, of course, includes the assessment of their quantitative and qualitative contribution to the discussions, etc).
- Group presentationThe grade for the homework (group presentation) adds up to 20% to the overall grade. Each student participates in one group presentation.
- Team essay20% comes from the team essay which students write together based on their group presentation. The essay has to elaborate upon the topic chosen for the group presentation and has to review academic literature on the topic. It can also cover media materials and other primary sources if relevant. The team essay (total word count is 3000-3500 words inclusive of citations (Chicago in-text citations); with bibliography excluded) is to be submitted to the DG instructor in 2-day time after the very last DG of the course via e-mail.
- ExamThe exam adds the last 20% to the overall grade. The exam comes in the form of a test. This test consists of two parts and lasts 1 hour 20 minutes. Part one is a simple one correct answer quiz. Part two consists of open questions where students have to demonstrate their deeper knowledge of the subject. The instructors might decide to exempt students from taking the exam at the end of the course. This decision is to be announced at the very last class of the course.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.2 * DG participation + 0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * Group presentation + 0.2 * Team essay + 0.2 * Weekly quizzes
- Andreas Staab. (2013). The European Union Explained, Third Edition : Institutions, Actors, Global Impact. Indiana University Press.
- Blanke, H.-J., Mangiameli, S., & Adriaanse, P. (2012). The European Union After Lisbon : Constitutional Basis, Economic Order and External Action. Berlin: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1245090
- Leonard, R. L., & Taylor, R. (2016). The Routledge Guide to the European Union. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1240129
- The Oxford handbook of the European Union ed. by Erik Jones, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill. (2012).