SPS608 Advanced Studies of European Union

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
SPS608 Advanced Studies of European Union 3 0 6 FRI 17:00-19:50
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Course Objectives This is an advanced course on European Union which trains doctoral students to understand, analyze and related issues, history and policies in European Union. This course surveys the emergence, history, ways and means of integration policies of European Union, focusing on the period from World War II. This course allows the students to discuss implications of European Integrations, and its effects. This course is designed to offer students an in-depth analysis of the politics and policy-making of the European Union by focusing on the theoretical debates on the development and policy making of the European Union; the main actors and institutional set-up of the European Union; specific policy areas and current issues dominating the EU’s agenda.
Textbook Cini, M. and Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N. (2010). European Union Politics, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press. Wallace, H, Pollack, M and Young A. (2010). Policy-Making in the European Union, 6th Ed., Oxford: OUP. Nugent, N., (2010). The Government and Politics of the EU, 7th Ed., Palgrave Macmillan. Ginsberg, Roy. Demystifying the European Union: The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration. Lanham, MD: Rowaman and Littlefield, 2010.
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Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate how EU is governed and how its institutions function
  2. relate different policies and issues in EU and to analyze them in light of world politics
  3. analyze current issue related to the EU integration process
  4. understand the role of various factors in EU (major players within EU; historical implications, enlargement strategy
  5. demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply critical thinking to current dynamics in EU
  6. analyze current EU issues and debates
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods such as lecturing, written assignments, presentations, reading analysis and group debates.
Teaching Method Delivery Teaching Method Delivery Notes
Week 1 Course Introduction
Week 2 Introduction to the European Union Ginsberg, Roy.
Week 3 History of the EU Ginsberg, Roy.
Week 4 The EU Public Sphere and Public Opinion Ginsberg, Roy.
Week 5 The EU Commission, the EU Council and the EU Parliament Nugent, N.,
Week 6 Theorizing the EU Integration Ginsberg, Roy.
Week 7 Midterm Exam
Week 8 The EU Foreign Policy and Security Wallace, H, Pollack, M and Young A.
Week 9 Socio-Political Challanges in Europe: BREXIT Ginsberg, Roy.
Week 10 EU Economic and Monetary Policies Nugent, N.,
Week 11 EU Migration Policies Wallace, H, Pollack, M and Young A.
Week 12 The Future of Europe
Week 13 Presentations
Week 14 Presentations
Week 15 Course Revision and Final Exam
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 LO1-LO6
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Research Paper 1 15 LO4, LO5, LO6
Midterm Exam 1 20 LO2, LO5, LO6
Presentation 1 15 LO2, LO4, LO6
Participation 1 10 LO6, LO2
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 14 42 Research Paper 3 2 6
Participation 2 7 14 Home Study 2 14 28
Midterm Exam 17 1 17 Final Exam 23 1 23
Presentation 10 2 20
        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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