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210067 SE BAK11: European Union and Europeanisation (2018W)

European Union's Politics and Power

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

A registration via u:space during the registration phase is required. Late registrations are NOT possible.
Students who miss the first lesson without prior notification will lose their seat in the course.

Follow the principles of good scientific practice.

The course instructor may invite students to an oral exam about the student’s written contributions in the course. Plagiarized contributions have the consequence that the course won’t be graded (instead the course will be marked with an ‘X’ in the transcript of records).

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 15.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 22.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 29.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 05.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 12.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 19.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 26.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 03.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 10.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 07.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 14.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 21.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 28.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In recent times, the European Union (EU) has failed to fulfil expectations of propelling forward and the voices on its demise have gained salience. Many would argue that the EU at best has muddled through and at times has appeared powerless when faced with the various crises it has been hit with: financial & euro/debt crisis; the immigration/asylum crisis; Brexit crisis; Catalonian crisis; rise of populist movements/highly Eurosceptic sentiments as well as pressure from illiberal democracies within and across the EU; great global geostrategic challenges such as Russia's aggressive foreign policy and the ensuing crises in Crimea/Ukraine; US’ role under Trump's presidency etc.
This seminar aims at answering questions on the effects the above has had on the European integration process. Three levels will be highlighted: EU institutions, its member states as well as selected EU policies with a global reach. Completion of the seminar will enable students to have a broader and deeper understanding of the role of the EU as well as the challenges it currently faces.

Objective of the course:
The aim of the course is twofold: a) to enable students gain in-depth understanding of the effects the crises had/have on the conceptualisation of the European integration process, the inter-relationship among EU member states as well as on key EU policies; b) advance students' ability to produce spoken and written analyses by critically engaging with and applying relevant theoretical/methodological approaches.

Learning outcomes:
• Detailed understanding about issues affecting the European integration process
• Recognition of the specific causes and effects of various current EU crises
• Awareness about the way in which the regional and domestic implications of the concerned issues impact upon each other
• In –depth knowledge of as well as critically apply the theoretical and methodological approaches related to the study
• Class is designed to develop students’ analytical thinking and presentation techniques.
• Research work and essay writing target the improvement of students’ research and academic writing skills, consequently students will be able to:
o Independently produce spoken and written analyses in accordance with good academic practices,
o Practice on raising analytical questions concerning provided topics,
o Plan and present own research, and
o Critically analyse and think conceptually about the EU in crisis debate by using reasoned/well-informed arguments.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance and presence of mind are mandatory.
Make sure to attend 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.

Evaluation:
• Short weekly homework assignments/response to the readings (25%). Deadline: noon, the day prior to class
• Active and informed participation in class (20%);
• Review of an academic article in the length of 1500 words (20%) . Deadline: 15.12.2018;
• Final paper/essay in the length of 4000 words (35%). Deadline: 30.01.2019
All assignments are compulsory

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum Requirements:
Preliminary basic knowledge about the workings of the EU institutions and policies
Eagerness to gain in-depth knowledge of the EU's politics and power discourse.
Attendance and presence of mind are mandatory.

Assessment criteria:
Understanding about EU politics and power discourses.
Ability to produce spoken and written analyses by critically engaging with and applying relevant theoretical/methodological approaches in accordance with good academic practices.

Examination topics

EU politics/policies as provided from the readings and discussions held in class.

Reading list

There is no adequate textbook for this course.
A reader for the compusory/background readings with articles, book chapters, blogs/commentaries and/or other internet sources will be provided at the beginning of the course.

A comprehensive information on learning outcomes, methods, grading policy, assessment criteria of writen and spoken work as well as a detailed course schedule will be provided in the form of a syllabus at the beginning of class. Included are also guidelines on e.g. how to write good analytical questions, research proposals, article reviews, essays, etc.

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