IR215 EU System

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
IR215 EU System 3 1 6 Monday 11.00-12.50 Wednesday 10.00-10.50
Prerequisite IR101 It is a prerequisite to


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Course Objectives This course provides an overview of the history of the European integration process, 1950-2019, and of some of the major theoretical approaches to the study of the EU. The course enables students to understand the role of the main institutions of the EU in policy-making, and to reflect on some current challenges facing the EU: Democratic legitimacy, foreign and security policy, justice and home affairs, further enlargement.
Textbook Cini, M. & Borragán, N.P-S. (eds.) 2019. European Union Politics. Oxford University Press. 6th edition. Wallace, H. 2005. 'Exercising Power and Influence in the European Union: The Roles of Member States', in Bulmer, S. & Lequesne, C. (eds.) 2005. The Member States of the European Union. Oxford University Press. Burgess, M. 2003. 'Federalism' in Cini, M. 2003. European Union Politics, Oxford University Press. 2nd edition.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and interpret the most important issues in the European Union
  2. Identify the role of major actors and major institutions within the EU
  3. Apply ideas discussed in the readings and lectures to specific issues
  4. Develop skills in critical and structured reasoning generally and within the context of European Union system
Teaching Methods Lecturing, powerpoint presentations, seminars and discussions
Week 1 Course Introduction Cini, chapter 1
Week 2 Historical Development of the EU Cini, Chapters 1, 2 & 3
Week 3 The European Commission, the Council of the European Union Cini, Chapters 10 & 11
Week 4 The European Commission, the Council of the European Union + Quiz 1 Cini, Chapters 10 & 11
Week 5 The European Parliament, the EU Courts, independent agencies Cini, Chapters 12& 13
Week 6 Theories of European Integration Burgess 2003 & Cini, Chapters 4 & 5
Week 7 Midterm exam
Week 8 Policy Making, Interest Groups, EU democracy Cini, Chapters 16, 14 & 9
Week 9 Member states' influence in the EU Cini, Chapter 8 & Wallace 2005
Week 10 Guest lecture: The Visegrad Four and European Integration + Quiz 2
Week 11 Economic integration (customs union, single market) Cini, Chapter 20
Week 12 Economic and monetary union - and the Eurozone crisis Cini, Chapters 23 & 26
Week 13 Justice and Home Affairs (domestic security, immigration, borders) Cini, Chapter 22
Week 14 Foreign policy dimensions of the EU + Quiz 3 Cini, Chapter 19
Week 15 Conclusions and review Cini, chapter 28
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,2,3,4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 30 1,2,3
Quizzes 3 5 1, 2
Punctual attendance 15
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 14 42 Midterm Exam 8 1 8
Preparation 6 14 84 Final Exam 16 1 16
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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