Jean Monnet Module on European Integration

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Course Description: 

Mandatory for Mundus MAPP students, Elective for One-year MAPP students and MPA students;

Governance Specialization, Elective for CCL students (3 credits).

This course focuses governance and policy-making in the European Union (EU). The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with a particular focus on political science, IR and legal studies perspectives. It contains three substantive components covering the EU’s institutional framework and key decision-making processes (Institutions), the main theoretical perspectives on European integration and governance (Theories), and an analysis of core fields of EU public policy (Policies). Moreover, a core feature of the course is that it combines seminar sessions with interactive guest lectures which are delivered by prominent scholars in the discipline as well as EU policy-makers. This course is aimed at students who seek to engage in EU-related research and/or would like to work in or with EU institutions in their professional careers with.

The course provides students with an overview of policy-making in the European Union and introduces them to contemporary challenges of European integration.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, students should:

  • be able to identify and understand the functioning of the main EU institutions;
  • have a clear understanding of the main decision and law-making processes in the EU;
  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the governance dynamics in specific policy-areas;
  • be familiar with theories of European integration and core analytical perspectives;
  • be aware of the main contemporary challenges facing European integration;
  • be able to locate and analysis EU policy documents, legislation, action and case law, and to provide policy advice;
  • be able to synthesize, analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources;
  • be able to reason analytically and logically within a range of disciplines;
  • be able to write in an analytical and critical way;
  • be able to communicate effectively orally;
  • to communicate effectively in writing to both scientific and non-scientific audience.
  • know how to approach a question from various perspectives between and within discipline(s);
  • be familiar with the basic theories and methodology from more than one disciplines;
  • identify and explain the policy implications or theoretical constructs.
  • 20% in-class contribution
  • 15% presentation
  • 15% short in-seminar paper of (650-800 words)
  • 50% research paper (3500 words)

Prerequisite only for CCL students: EU Law I or pre-test.