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210065 SE BAK11: European Union and Europeanisation (2021W)

European crisis governance - Conceptualizing crises, exceptionalism, and management (engl.)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Please note that the first session (as most sessions, see below) takes place online!

Mittwoch 06.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 13.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 20.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 27.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 03.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 10.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 17.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 24.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 01.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 15.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 12.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 19.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Crises are an integral part of political, social, and economic life. And yet, they change everything. In the EU, the COVID-19 crisis or the Eurocrisis have disrupted political and societal dynamics. This seminar pays particular attention to our conceptions of crises. What does the “crisis” label imply – notions of deep structural challenges, perceived urgency, or a lack of alternatives? Why is the influx of refugees considered a crisis while climate change merely demands a “green transition”? What are the technological or political tools and professional capacities that shape potential responses to crises in the EU?

In three parts, we will explore what crises are and how the EU responds to them. First, we will focus on the conceptualization of crises. The focus is the notion of crises and emergencies and the effects of such conceptualizations in the EU. Second, we will look at crisis management in the EU. We will analyse institutional and political hurdles in identifying and responding to crises. Based on theoretical concepts and empirical examples, we will evaluate response strategies, such as stigma management or differentiated integration. Third, we will dive into examples of crises together. We will decide together which crises are particularly interesting and relevant to explore, for example investigating diverging manifestations of crisis responses in facing security threats, climate change, or COVID-19.

The seminar draws on diverse theoretical perspectives, combining insights from European Studies with literature from International Relations and the Sociology of Knowledge to illustrate conceptualizations of crises and potential responses.

Due to the uncertainty of the current public health situation, this will be a hybrid course with synchronous (Webinars and discussions) and asynchronous (Moodle forum discussions, assignments, group work) elements. The class will take place mainly online but will offer three to four in-person meetings for those willing and able to come to the university. We will decide on dates for these meetings together in class. Due to the size of the room, the number of people allowed is extremely limited. Online only participation is possible and the main part of the seminar will take place online.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to central elements of crisis in and of the EU. It further provides students with the conceptual tools and analytic skills to pursue their own projects regarding the EU and crisis management. At the end of the course, students should be able to

• identify and describe the main elements of crisis conceptualization, manifestations, and management;
• summarize and critically assess the strengths and weakness of theoretical approaches that grasp the concept of crises and related concepts, the EU’s role in conceptualizing and managing crises, and the larger effects;
• apply the insights they gained from these approaches to empirical manifestations of crisis and identify potential political, legal, and social consequences.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are expected to participate actively and have prepared the required readings. The grade is based on (a) regular reading and class assignments (50%), (b) the preparation of a research outline and peer review (10%), and (c) the seminar paper (40%).

In detail, this comprises:

• One short input presentation (max. 5 mins per person), including a one-page handout and discussion moderation (20%).
o Presentations should engage with the text rather than summarize it. Stick to a very brief three-sentence summary of the main argument and then relate it to an empirical example or a contrasting argument not discussed extensively in the text. You may draw on additional literature from the further reading, juxtapose the argument to a reading from a different week, or refer to an empirical example, such as a policy proposal or newspaper article on recent events. You may also stage a pro/con debate. Please arrange with the other presenters and upload the handout (bullet points, 1 page) on Moodle at 6pm the day before class.

• Reading and class assignments, including forum posts on Moodle, handouts, and group work (30%). Information on the tasks is provided for the individual sessions.

• Research outline, short presentation on the envisioned research topic, and peer review (10%).

• Seminar paper 3.000 words (40%) - Deadline 28 February 2022

Please note that this class is supported by the CTL's Writing Assistance Programme (Schreibassistenzprogramm), which means you will benefit from qualified peer feedback. For more details (also only in German), see here: https://ctl.univie.ac.at/services-zur-qualitaet-von-studien/wissenschaftliches-schreiben/wissenschaftliches-schreiben-in-der-lehre/schreibassistenz-programm/

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students need no prior knowledge of academic debates on crises, sociology of knowledge, or the EU as an institution. A general interest in the topic, English language skills, and a broad familiarity with the European Union are sufficient.

This seminar requires regular attendance, active participation, and the completion of several assignments during term time. Two absences are allowed (not for the first session unless there are valid reasons that have been communicated before the session). For any further absences, with or without a valid excuse, additional written assignments are required. If you want to drop the course, please do so after the first session to allow students from the waiting list to join. Please register via u:space within the registration period! Registration after that period is not possible.

Assignments must be handed in on time and respect the standards of good scientific practice. Guidelines by the university on the correct use of literature can be found here (unfortunately only in German): https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/i_politikwissenschaft/SPL/Richtlinien_fuer_die_korrekte_Zitation-Stand_Jaenner_2020.pdf

Helpful guidelines, including on biased language, academic writing, and citations can also be found on the APA Style Blog: https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/basics-7e-tutorial

It is strongly recommended to use a literature management software, such as Citavi, Endnote, or Zotero. In-text citations and bibliography will be automatically updated according to the chosen style (please still always check and correct the reference section).

Writing tips can also be found on https://ctl.univie.ac.at/services-zur-qualitaet-von-studien/wissenschaftliches-schreiben/academic-writing-in-english/

Please also check out the university’s CTL - Center for Teaching and Learning, which offers helpful writing support, including individual feedback sessions: https://ctl.univie.ac.at/services-zur-qualitaet-von-studien/wissenschaftliches-schreiben/digitale-angebote-fuer-studierende/ (website is mostly in German, but there are English options).

Delivery of all partial assignments is mandatory.


Students are expected to engage with the seminar literature and draw on additional sources from independent research focusing on

• the EU as an actor in crises
• the sociology of knowledge
• recent crises and their political consequences


Adler-Nissen, R. (2014). Stigma management in international relations: Transgressive identities, norms, and order in international society. International Organization, 68(1), 143–176.

Boin, A., Lodge, M., & Luesink, M. (2020). Learning from the COVID-19 crisis: An initial analysis of national responses. Policy Design and Practice, 3(3), 189–204.

Boin, A., ‘t Hart, P., Stern, E., & Sundelius, B. (2016). The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership under Pressure (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press; Cambridge Core.

Falkner, G. (2016). The EU’s problem-solving capacity and legitimacy in a crisis context: A virtuous or vicious circle? West European Politics, 39(5), 953–970.

Genschel, P., & Jachtenfuchs, M. (2018). From Market Integration to Core State Powers: The Eurozone Crisis, the Refugee Crisis and Integration Theory. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(1), 178–196.

Kreuder-Sonnen, C. (2018). Political secrecy in Europe: Crisis management and crisis exploitation. West European Politics, 41(4), 958–980.

Kreuder-Sonnen, C., & White, J. (2021). Europe and the transnational politics of emergency. Journal of European Public Policy, 1–13.

Saurugger, S. (2016). Sociological approaches to the European Union in times of turmoil. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(1), 70–86.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 18.10.2021 14:08