EU Politics: Theories, Institutions and Challenges
Volledige vakbeschrijvingWhat is the European Union? This course takes an institutional perspective to this question, and equips students with a general understanding of the EU as a political system, its development since the Treaty of Maastricht, its institutional set-up and its working processes. Europe was the main point of debate in several courses in this first year of the BA ES, while EU Politics takes a narrow stance by focusing at the European Union. The factual knowledge gained in the first weeks of this course provides the necessary tool for informed reflections and critical debates taking place within the end of the course about current challenges that the EU integration process is facing today.
Doelstellingen van dit vakThe main objective of this course is to gain a basic understanding of the European Union: its development, its institutional framework, its way of working and its current debates. First, this course introduces the European integration process since the late 1990s, outlining major changes from the Maastricht Treaty and subsequent treaty revisions to the Lisbon Treaty. Secondly, we investigate the institutions of the European Union, their tasks and the main decision-making mechanisms. Finally, current political challenges of the European integration project are put up for debate. Throughout the whole course, we also reflect on how specific theoretical approaches and concepts explain what we observe within the European Union. To sum up, the main aims of this course in terms of content are: • To provide insight into the EU development since the Treaty of Maastricht; • To introduce the EU institutions and EU decision-making processes; • To remind students of the main integration theories and make them familiar with new approaches (e.g. institutionalism; constructivism; multi-level governance); • To stimulate an informed debate about major political challenges faced by the EU.
Aanbevolen literatuur• Nugent, N. (2010). The government and politics of the European Union. (7th ed.). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
5 apr 2021
4 jun 2021
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Trefwoorden:European Union; EU treaty change; EU institutions; EU decisionmaking; Problems in EU integration process.