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040315 SE Political Processes and Governance in the EU (2019W)

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

Summary

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).
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

Dear Students,
be advised that the Venue and Time for class on Week 02 (Friday, 11.10.2019) has changed as follows:
Friday 11.10.2019 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß EG.503.

Friday 04.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 11.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 18.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 25.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 15.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 15.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 22.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 29.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 06.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 06.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 17.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 17.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 24.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 31.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

Policy-making at the European Union (EU) level is complex given the institutional polyphony that characterises its multifaceted multi-level decision-making processes. Social/economic strife (Austherity, Brexit, Migration, Trade agreements 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.
This course will engage with the above and 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.

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. Late submissions of assignments will be penalised.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Evaluation (All assignments are compulsory):
• Short (~250 words) weekly homework assignments/response to the readings (25%). Deadline: evening before class takes place (i.e. Thursdays, 19:00)
• Group presentation + presentation file (20%);
• Active and informed participation in class (20%);  
• Final paper in the length of 2000 words (35%). Deadline: 20.02.2020

Examination topics

Readings and information gathered during class

Reading list

There is no adequate single textbook for this course. Main literature is:
•Costa, O., Brack, N. (2019) ‘How the EU Really Works’, Routledge, London.
•Best, E. (2016) 'Understanding EU Decision-Making', Springer / EIPA: Maastricht.
•Cini, M., Borragan, N.P.-S. (2019) ‘European Union Politics’, 6th edition, Oxford:OUP.

Group 2

max. 30 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Dear Students,
be advised that the Venue and Time for class on Week 02 (Friday, 11.10.2019) has changed as follows:
Friday 11.10.2019 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß EG.503.

Friday 04.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 11.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 18.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 25.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 08.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 15.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 22.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 29.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 06.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 13.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 10.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 17.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 24.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 31.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

Aims, contents and method of the course

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. Specific policies (e.g. monetary policy) are decided in specialised institutions such as the European Central Bank. 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.
This course will engage with the above and 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.
Absence in the 1st session will result in de-registration from the course. For the semester, 2 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 knowledge on 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 (~250 words) weekly homework assignments/response to the readings (25%). Deadline: noon, the day when class takes place (i.e. Fridays, 12:00)
• Group presentation + presentation file (20%);
• Active and informed participation in class (20%);
• Final paper in the length of 2000 words (35%). Deadline: 20.02.2020

Examination topics

EU's decision-making processes and methods
Functions and mandates of EU actors

Reading list

When applicable, 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, policy papers, essays, etc.
Cini, M., Perez-Solorzano Borragan, (eds.) N. (2019) ‘European Union Politics’, 6th Edition, OUP: Oxford
Costa, O., Brack, N. (2019) 'How the EU Really Works', Routledge: London

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