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210113 SE M5: European Union and Europeanisation (2018W)

EU Politics in Time of Crisis (engl.)

9.00 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).


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


max. 40 participants
Language: English



Thursdays (starting 11.10.2018), 09:45 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3 (D212), NIG 2. Stock D0212
In addition: group consultations at EIF t.b.c. (Apostelgasse 23)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The recent crisis of European Integration shall be discussed: What are the sources, the main areas of instability, the major counter-steering processes, and finally the effects on democracy and policy output?

The aim of the seminar is to enable students to understand the workings of the EU's policy-making system and the major policies of our times. Main focuses shall be on the Eurozone crisis, the EU's external relations crisis, and finally the EU's (potential) policies to protect employment and democracy in the forthcoming age of digitalisation.

Additionally, social scientific writing and presentation skills will be trained in-depth: seminar papers are a stepping stone towards the MA theses...

The seminar is structured into three phases:
• the introductory phase first presents the state of the art of research on the EU’s crisis and the efforts to fight it. Additionally, exercises in fundamental skills of social scientific writing (literature search, citation) will be conducted.
• On the basis of this introduction, students choose their essay topics. In the second phase, students will probably be divided into pairs or groups according to their chosen topics and guided in developing their research design. Group consultations with the professor can take place to allow in-depth debt debate of individual topics, and student-only meetings in each group.
• The third phase consists of plenary sessions to hold and discuss student presentations and thereby get a broad overview on the topic.
Methods include individual work, peer feedback, group work, presentations, and debate.

One unit may be a group consultation for each topic: Please come at the exact time agreed for your group to EIF, Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Vienna.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course requirements include regular attendance and participation, several exercises (e.g. literature search on the internet and in library catalogues), the development of a research outline to be discussed in group meetings, an oral presentation of the essay topic based on the draft text delivered beforehand, and a research paper of 12-15 pages per person (depending also on group size). Furthermore, students may be asked to attend relevant public events and provide summaries or discussion papers in which central arguments of required readings are critically discussed. Presentation and group meeting are mandatory.

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Zur Sicherung der guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis kann die Lehrveranstaltungsleitung Studierende zu einem notenrelevanten Gespräch nach Abgabe der Seminararbeit einladen, welches positiv zu absolvieren ist.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular and active participation in the seminar is indispensable! Intensive work during the semester is needed, including at the very start! Written assignments 20%, active participation 30% , seminar paper 50%. Delivery of all partial assignments is mandatory for a positive grade.
One absence is tolerated (but not for the 1st unit). Delivery of all partial assignments is mandatory for a positive grade. Plagiarism software may be used (‘Turnitin’).

Examination topics

Presentations, written deliverables, seminar papers, engagement in discussions and work in small groups, group feedback.

Reading list

Falkner, Gerda (ed.), 2016: EU Policies in Times of Crisis, Journal of European Integration, Special Issue 1. In particular: Gerda Falkner, The EU´s current crisis and its policy effects: Research design and comparative findings, in: Journal of European Integration, 2016, Vol. 38(3), pp. 219-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2016.1140154. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07036337.2016.1140154

Please check these journals for latest relevant publications: Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy.

Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.): European Union Politics, 5th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016.

Jeremy J. Richardson, Sonia Mazey (eds.): European Union: Power and Policy-making, 4th ed., London: Routledge 2015.

Helen Wallace, Mark Pollack and Alasdair Young (eds.): Policy-Making in the European Union, 7th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015.

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