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040315 SE Political Processes and Governance in the EU (2021W)

(MA)

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

Fr 03.12. 08:00-09:30 Digital
2 Raich , Moodle
Mo 06.12. 11:30-13:00 Digital

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

The whole course is digital.

Friday 08.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 13.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 12.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 19.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 26.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 10.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 17.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 14.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 21.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 28.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital

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 homework to be uploaded in time in Moodle and attendance according to the rules announced during the first session (depending on Corona Development). The first session is obligatory. 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, 20:00)
• Group presentation + presentation file (20%);
• Active and informed participation in class and in the discussion fora (20%);  
• Final paper in the length of 2000 words (35%)

Examination topics

Readings

Reading list

A reader for the compulsory/background readings with articles, book chapters, blogs/commentaries and/or other sources will be provided at the beginning of the course. Basic Textbooks:
McCormick, J. (2020) ‘European Union Politics’, 3rd Edition, Macmillan: London
Costa, O., Brack, N. (2019) 'How the EU Really Works', Routledge: London
Cini, M., Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N. (2019) ‘European Union Politics’, 6th Edition, Oxford

Group 2

max. 30 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

040315-2
Dear students,

due to Covid-19, adjustments to the course operations apply!

Course activities will take place online.

Be informed that:
A. For the first session on 04.10., 11:30am - 1pm, a BigBlueButton link has been created titled "2021W 040315-2 Course Introduction". You can access it once you enter the page for this course in Moodle

B. For the joint sessions on 13.10., 11:30am - 2:45pm & 20.10., 11:30am - 2:45pm, a Collaborate link titled "Joint sessions" has been created. The link to access it will be made available in due time.

Stay safe and healthy, LR

Monday 04.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 25.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 08.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 15.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 22.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 29.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 13.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 10.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 17.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital

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.
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):
• 25% Short (~250 words) weekly homework assignments/response to the readings. Deadline: Mondays, 11:30am. Venue: Moodle (online)
• 20% Group presentation + presentation file;
• 20% Active and informed participation in discussions;
• 35% Final paper in the length of 2000 words. Deadline: 10.02.2022

Examination topics

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

Reading list

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.

Association in the course directory

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