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POLS 431/3.0 European Politics

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    POLS (option)
Course Instructor: Dr Kalliopi Kyriakopoulou- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Summer and Winter terms at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   PREREQUISITE: 12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above and a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS, or permission of the Department.

Sometimes on this course you might feel like the term 'integration' is not the right one, and perhaps 'disintegration' better describes what is happening in Europe right now, but that is all part of this course's challenge!


Course Highlights:

Examine the ongoing discussions and historical debates that surround the European Union.

Gain insight into the policy-making frameworks that are used by the nations and institutions involved. 

Explore the history of the European Union, its evolution over time, and then critically debate what the future may hold in lively class discussions.

Understand European politics - both its place in and impact on global politics. 

2020 12

POLS 431/3.0 European Politics

Multi‐level politics in Europe: the European Union and its member states. Development of the EU, institutions and policy processes at the EU level, how the domestic politics of European states affects the EU and vice‐versa. Economic union, supranationalism, political impulsion for economic integration, accession of new member states. 

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts, institutions and debates concerning the European Union. It aims at introducing the students to the creation, development and evolution of the European Union with a specific focus on its historical, theoretical, institutional and policy-making frameworks. The course will examine the origins of the European Union, the course of its evolution up to the present, and it will consider the main debates about the role and functions of the main institutions. It will also consider the future challenges in the context of the EU economic and political crisis, the recent enlargement developments, further enlargement possibilities as well as the position of the EU in International Politics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the students are expected to:

  • Have acquired knowledge of what ‘European Politics’ means and how it has been conceptualized.
  • Have gained an understanding of the driving forces behind political movements in Europe since the end of WW2.
  • Be able to interpret and critically evaluate the main issues, problems and challenges in the contemporary political debate in the EU.
  • Understand the main differences and similarities among the EU member states and assess their efforts to be integrated.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Potential VELOs for this course include special guest speakers who will share their research and offer insight into topics including: the Geopolitical Security concerns and issues for Britain after Brexit, and Business issues in the City of London. Opportunities for students to engage in lively Q&A sessions are likely to be a feature of all such presentations. Examples of previous ELOs or this course include: A visit to the Office of the EU Parliament in London to give students the opportunity to address questions to the representatives of the EU Commission in London and discuss how the European profile is built and sustained by the representative offices in the member states. And a lecture on European Elections at the London School of Economics, bringing the students closer to the anti-European voices in the European Parliament.

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