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040315 SE Political Processes and Governance in the EU (2018W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Summary

1 Meissner-Schoeller , Moodle
2 Raich , Moodle

Registration/Deregistration

Registration information is available for each group.

Groups

Group 1

max. 30 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This seminar includes an event on 10 December, 2018, at 5pm.

Wednesday 03.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 17.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 24.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 31.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 07.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 14.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 21.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 28.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 05.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 12.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 09.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 16.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 23.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 30.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

In less than a year from now, citizens of the European Union will vote for members of the European Parliament. The European elections 2019 take place in an era of Brexit and EU-skepticism. At the same time, they fall together with a new Commission Presidency. What will be the role of the European Parliament in ‘electing’ the new Commission of the European Union? What is the formal decision-making procedure, and how does the de facto politics of nominating the Commission President differ from the Lisbon treaty provisions? Students of this course will learn about the significant role of the European Parliament in current European Union Politics with in the context of the upcoming elections in 2019.

Assessment and permitted materials

This seminar requires regular attendance, active participation and assignments during term time. Regular attendance is mandatory, especially session 1 is obligatory. No more than two sessions may be missed and any further missed session must be compensated by a written task. Coursework includes written, oral, and audiovisual assignments. Submission of each assignment on time is mandatory. Plagiarized assignments count as no submission. Students will also be asked to attend public events relevant to the seminar topic.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Assignments:
• 20 % Written, individual assignment in form of a 1000 words essay due in session 8
• 20 % Oral assignment in the second block of the seminar
• 50 % Audiovisual group assignment due in session 12
• 10 % Attendance and participation in class and at events

Examination topics

Readings and information gathered during class

Reading list

Ariadna Ripoll-Servent (2018): The European Parliament. London, Palgrave.
Simon Hix and Bjørn Høyland (2013): Empowerment of the European Parliament. In: Annual Review of Political Science Vol.16: 171-189.

Group 2

max. 30 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 03.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 10.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 17.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 24.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 31.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Wednesday 07.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Wednesday 14.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Wednesday 21.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Wednesday 28.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock
Wednesday 05.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 12.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 09.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 16.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 23.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 30.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

EU in crisis: Actors and Processes (engl.)

Summary of the course contents:
Policy-making at the European Union (EU) level is complex given the institutional polyphony that characterises its multifaceted multi-level decision-making processes. All of the EU member states (EUMS) through the EU’s intergovernmental institutions (i.e. European Council, Council) as well as its supranational institutions (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament, etc.) play a crucial role. Also specific policies (e.g. monetary policy) are decided in specialised institutions (e.g. European Central Bank) and non-states actors, interest groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) try also to shape policy decision.
Social/economic strife (Euro/debt crises, illegal immigration, Brexit, etc.), an environment of heightened Euroscepticism across the EU as well as the spread of populist politics and rise of illiberal democracies have affected the type of solutions offered, which range from more supranational action to rejection of EU and a retreat to national sovereignty. Crises are nothing new to the European integration process: each period has had its own fair share of crises that have contributed to the flexibility/complexity of the Union we have today.
This course will engage with the above as well as the impact recent crises may have had on e.g. the tendency of EUMS to prefer one set of EU institutions over the other (i.e. supranational vs intergovernmental) when it comes to pressing issues requiring swift decision-making in specific policy areas.
Completion of the seminar will enable students to have a deeper understanding of the functions of the EU’s institutions/actors and the processes involved in EU policy/decision-making.

Objective of the course:
The aim of the course is twofold: a) to enable students gain in-depth understanding of the decision-making processes and actors involved in policy-making at the EU level; b) advance students' ability to produce spoken and written analyses in accordance with good academic practices.

Learning outcomes:
• Detailed understanding about processes and actors involved in policy-making at the EU level
• Class is designed to develop students’ analytical/critical thinking and presentation techniques. Research work and essay writing target the improvement of students’ research and academic writing skills. Hence, students will be able to:
o Independently produce spoken and written analyses in accordance with good academic practices,
o Practice on raising good analytical questions relevant to topics provided,
o Plan and present own research, and
o Critically analyse and think conceptually about the processes and actors involved in policy-making at EU level by using reasoned/well-informed arguments.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance and presence of mind are mandatory.
Make sure to attend the 1st session. Two absences will be allowed. Coursework includes written assignments, one group presentation, and regular participation in classroom discussions. Late submissions of assignments will be penalised. Plagiarized assignments count as no submission.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum Requirements:
Eagerness to gain in-depth knowledge of the processes and actors involved in policy-making at the EU level.

Assessment criteria:
Understanding about actors and processes at the heart of the EU policy-making
Ability to produce spoken and written analyses in accordance with good academic practices as well as critically analyse the processes and actors involved in policy-making at EU level by using reasoned/well-informed arguments.

Evaluation (All assignments are compulsory):
• Short weekly homework assignments/response to the readings (25%). Deadline: noon, the day prior to class
• Group presentation (20%);
• Active and informed participation in class (20%);
• Final paper/essay in the length of 3000 words (35%). Deadline: 30.01.2019

Examination topics

Readings provided and in-class discussions

Reading list

There is no adequate single textbook for this course.
A reader for the compulsory/additional readings with articles, book chapters, blogs/commentaries and/or other sources will be provided at the beginning of the course. Included are also guidelines on e.g. how to write good analytical questions, essays, etc.

Association in the course directory

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