Class European Union Institutions and Policies

  • Presentation


    The UC aims to identify the nature of power flows within the Union's institutional web, expose the specificities of the relationship between the Union and the Member States and reflect on the multiple levels of competences and attributions in terms of European public policies

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    I. Political Theories of European Integration

    1.1. neofunctionalism

    1.2. intergovernmentalism

    1.3. Federalism

    1.4. neoinstitutionalism

    1.5. multilevel governance


    II. EU Institutions

    2.1. European Commission

    2.2. European Council

    2.3. Council of the European Union

    2.4. European Parliament

    2.5. Court of justice

    2.6. European central bank

    2.7. European External Action Service

    2.8. EU High Representative for Foreign Policy


    III. Evolution of the integration process and legal order

    3.1. Sources of European Law

    3.2. Maastricht Treaty

    3.3. Amsterdam Treaty

    3.4. Treaty of Nice

    3.5. Lisbon Treaty


    IV. EU policies

    4.1. The original policies

    4.2. Policies not provided for in the treaty

  • Objectives


    The Curricular Unit aims to identify the political system and the nature of power flows within the institutional web of the European Union, as well as the idiosyncrasies in the bilateral and multilateral relationship between the Union and the Member States and the multiple levels of competences and of attributions in matters of public policies. This curricular unit provides a consistent theoretical and practical basis that enables students to analyze the development and functioning of the EU as a political system; explain the functioning of its institutions; identify the process of elaboration and implementation of community policies; to understand the political system of the European Union; understand the dynamics of the European economic and political integration process; master the concepts and technical vocabulary characteristic of the discipline of European studies

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The teaching-learning process combines classroom learning, theoretical-practical and practical classes, with independent, individual and group study. This process is supported by elearning activities and resources available online (Moodle), as well as close contact with the teacher. Classes will enhance interactive teaching-learning dynamics. Student attendance and participation is strongly encouraged. The course uses two written elements of assessment. These forms of assessment also make it possible to assess students' ability to understand and apply concepts, structure logically consistent responses and critical arguments, draw conclusions and implications for the European Union institutions and the decision-making process.

  • References


    1. Hix, Simon & Bjorn Hoyland (2011). Political System of the European Union. 3rd ed. rev. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

    2. Nugent, Neill (2017). The Government and Politics of the European Union. 8th ed. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

    3. Abreu, Joana & Liliana Reis (2020). (orgs.). Instituições, Órgãos e Organismos da União Europeia. Coimbra: Almedina.

    4. Cini, Michelle & Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (2016). (eds.). European Union Politics. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    5. Wallace, Helen, Mark A. Pollack & Alasdair R. Young (2015). (eds.). Policy-making in the European Union. USA: Oxford University Press.

    6. Rosamond, Ben. 2000. Theories of European Integration. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

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