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210076 SE BAK11: European Union and Europeanisation (2020S)

National parliaments in the European Union - from poor victims to powerful players?

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert


  • Freitag 24.04. 09:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
  • Samstag 25.04. 09:30 - 16:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
  • Freitag 08.05. 09:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
  • Samstag 09.05. 09:30 - 16:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The role and position of national parliaments in European Union (EU) affairs has undergone a, long, slow, and sometimes rocky, but overall rather remarkable, development. Long regarded as the victims of the integration process, they have continuously strengthened their institutional prerogatives and have become more actively involved in EU affairs. Since the Lisbon Treaty, national parliaments even have a formal and direct role in the European legislative process, namely, as guardians of the EU’s subsidiarity principle via the so-called Early Warning System.
Against this background, the Seminar aims to provide students with detailed knowledge of the role national parliaments ought to, can and actually do play in EU affairs. We will discuss why European integration poses a problem for national parliaments and assess their involvement from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. Topics also include the Early Warning Mechanism, the Political Dialogue as well as different forms of inter-parliamentary cooperation. Students will be introduced to applications of different Europeanisation concepts to national parliaments and become familiar with the main neo-institutionalist approaches and quantitative and qualitative methods used in comparative empirical analyses. In addition, they will be introduced to recent discussions on the challenges European integration poses for our classic understanding of parliamentary representation as well as on new approaches to transnational parliamentary representation.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Submission term paper topic/question: Short summary (300 words max) of topic chosen for the term paper including a (tentative) research question and relevance. The deadline for submission is 8 June to leave enough time for the discussion/agreement, extensions are not possible.
Submission term paper concept: Short outline of research question, line of argument and structure of the term paper plus a tentative table of contents (500 words max). The deadline for submission is 10 July to leave enough time for the discussion/agreement, extensions are not possible.
These assignments are not part of the final assessment (i.e. grade) students will receive for the seminar but are meant to help students with the development of their term paper.
Please note, however, that failure to submit these assignments by the deadlines provided above will lead to a fail mark.

For this seminar, the assessment will be based on the final term paper only. The term paper should be 6.000 to 8.000 words in length (excluding the list of references), the topic can be chosen from the list below. Please note that the list only contains some introductory literature, independent literature research for the term paper is expected and part of the assignment. Please discuss the topic and structure of your term paper with me in advance (see timetable above). The final term paper must be uploaded to moodle AND be submitted directly to auel@ihs.ac.at in electronic format, e.g. as a PDF or WORD file.
The deadline for the paper is 30 September 2020. An extension of this deadline is not possible.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The final mark for the seminar will be based on the following assessments concerning the term paper:
• Introduction (inter alia relevance of the topic, research question, 10 points maximum, pass: 5 points)
• Literature review (inter alia depth, range and relevance of literature discussed, 20 points maximum, pass 5 points)
• Argument (inter alia depth and breadth of topic discussion, independence and consistency of argument, 40 points maximum, pass: 10 points)
• Conclusion (inter alia summary of and reflection of results, 20 points maximum, pass: 5 points)
• Formal requirements (inter alia formal structure and layout; language, orthography and punctuation; citations and references; list of references; length etc.) (10 points maximum, pass: 5 points)


100-86 points: very good, 85-74 points: good, 73-62 points: satisfactory, 61-50 points: sufficient, 49-0 points: fail. Please note that receiving a fail grade for one of the assessments will lead to failing the seminar as a whole.

Students have to achieve at least 50 points overall AND 5 points (10 points for the main argument) for each part of the assessment listed above to pass with a positive result.


This course is taught in English. Accordingly, readings (with very few exceptions), discussions, presentations as well as the final essay will be in English.


The full syllabus as well as the required reading will be available on the electronic teaching platform Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21