Universität Wien FIND

210139 SE EC: EU institutions and decision-making (2021W)


5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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Sprache: Englisch


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Donnerstag 07.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 14.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 21.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 28.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 04.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 11.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
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Donnerstag 25.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 02.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 09.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 16.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 13.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 20.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 27.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Title: Key Controversies in European Integration

Course Description: Does the EU have a democratic deficit? Is the Euro a good or a bad thing? Has the EU become too large? Is Brexit good or bad for European integration? Should the EU have a common army? Are business lobbyists too powerful in Europe? Is the EU's agricultural policy as bad as its reputation? These and other questions are intensely debated by scholars, policymakers and the public alike. They point to the perennially contested nature of the European Union. In this course, we will use these 'key controversies in European integration' as a lens through which to look at the political science research on the EU. Instead of abstractly talking about important theories or policy fields, we will - after having covered some foundations - try to better understand these theories and policy fields through engaging with central debates of European integration.

Learning Outcomes: The course aims to familiarize students with key debates on the merits and flaws of European integration. At the end of the course, students should be able to

- identify and describe the nature and dynamics of key controversies in European integration;

- summarize and critically assess central theoretical and empirical insights of the political science research on the EU as they shine through the various controversies;

- have the knowledge to make up their own mind on these controversies while appreciating arguments made on both sides.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are required to attend classes and come prepared (i.e., having done and thought a bit about the readings). In addition, there will be three types of assignments that together make up the final grade.

- First, students need to deliver a very short presentation, either summarizing key points of the text (in Part I) or make the case for one of sides of a key controversy (in Part II). In both cases, they also need to prepare some questions or examples that can kick off the discussion. The point is not to comprehensively summarize the reading; this is usually boring for most people involved. Rather, it is to identify key points of the reading and spin them further, for example by connecting them to other things you've read, real-world examples, or something you've seen in the news recently. For the presentations in Part 2 it is particularly important to actually make the case for whichever side of a controversy you were assigned to, a bit like in a debating class. Practically, groups will be assigned sessions and can then decide for themselves who wants to argue which side. Presentations can be really short, perhaps 4 and not longer than 5 minutes per person. It's more important that you independently think about the reading and about how to make it interesting for the class. For example, when we discuss whether the EU should have a common army, maybe you find a survey what Europeans actually think about this which you can then use as the basis for your argument. This will make up 30% of your grade.

- Second, we will have a short exam halfway into the seminar that tests whether you remember key arguments from the readings. This will make up 20% of your grade.

- Lastly, students need to write a relatively short term paper, which will make up 50% of your grade. The term paper is actually a collection of two short papers of around 1000-1500 words each. The two papers will focus on one key controversy of European integration (not necessarily one covered in the course). One paper is supposed to use the scientific literature to make the case for one side of such a controversy (e.g. the Euro is good for Europe); the other paper is meant to take the opposing side on the same controversy. Crucially, I will grade whichever term paper is worse (!). The idea is to encourage you to think as hard as you can about both sides of an issue, even if you have a personal preference. If you just make good arguments for your favored side, but bad ones for the 'other side', this will be punished.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

You need to submit all the required assignments to pass the course. Your final grade will be the weighted average of these assignments. What is important to me when it comes to grading are two things. First, stick to the task at hand. If your presentation is meant to be 5 minutes, make it no more than 6. It's almost a dad thing to say, but these skills are important not just at a university, but pretty much everywhere you want to end up at. Second, put a bit of effort into it, or at least make it look that way. Have some decent formatting, but also: try to be clear and crisp, which is often harder than writing long and convoluted sentences. Try to prepare a presentation that you yourself would like to listen to. Short, simple points, and make it clear if you found something unclear. You don't need to understand everything, have read a ton of additional literature, or write in a fancy way to get a very good grade. Just stick to the task and try to make sense.



The course will be largely based on the third edition of Hubert Zimmermann's and Andreas Dür's 'Key Controversies in European Integration'.
A detailed syllabus will be made available on moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:19