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210151 SE EC: SE The EU’s regulatory policies (2018S)


5.00 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. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 07.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 14.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 21.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 11.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 18.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 25.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 02.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 09.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 16.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 23.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 30.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 06.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 13.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 20.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Why did EU member-states gradually rescind control over their economic borders through tariffs, quotas, and regulatory trade-barriers, when they created the EU? Why did they open up the provision of formerly public services to private competition? How can we account for the paradox that the implementation of a liberal market regime went hand in hand with increasing regulatory activity at the EU level?

This seminar examines how political science research has grappled with these and related questions. We will explore the EU’s role in the liberalization of trade and public services in Europe, the tensions between the creation of a European single market and social regulation at the member-state level, and the relation between privatization and the creation of new regulatory agencies. Theories of European integration will help us to understand the actors, forces and political conflicts behind liberalization and (re)regulation as well as their outcomes.

Assessment and permitted materials


This is an interactive seminar that builds on student input.

- One or a handfull of discussion questions will be assigned for each session. The students are required to read the assigned literature with this question in mind and to prepare their answers.

- In each seminar session, several students will be picked at random and asked to present their answers as a discussion seed. This takes the form of an informal and very short "mini presentation", three to five minutes in duration. There will be no additional "long form" presentations.

- Each student has to submit one term paper of 3000 words (+/- 5%, counting only the body). The paper examines a suitable research question (to be discussed with the lecturer) and develops a consistent argument. As a minimum, it discusses eight relevant articles, detailing how they inform the research question; half of the articles should be found through the student’s own research.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Coursework assessment:

- The paper counts 60%; constructive, knowledgeable, and prepared engagement in the discussion counts 40% towards the final grade.

- Plagiarism, even of a short passage, leads to immediate failing of the course.

- The term paper is due no later than three weeks after the last session, at midnight of the last day.

Examination topics

Depends on the specific research question of the seminar paper.

Reading list

To prepare for the first session, please read the following introductory text and answer the questions contained therein. The text will be made available on moodle.

Renaud Dehousse, “Integration V. Regulation? On the Dynamics of Regulation in the European Community,” Journal of Common Market Studies 30, no. 4 (1992): 383–402, doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.1992.tb00438.x.

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