FSS:EGO421 European Politics since 1989 - Course Information

EGO421 European Union in European Politics since 1989

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Petra Kuchyňková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Zdeněk Sychra, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 14:00–15:40 U23
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course discusses developments in the EU from the end of the Cold War until today. It focuses on relevant issues of the integration process. It is based on lectures, class discussions and presentations of various positions present in the debates (group projects / own positions). The objectives of the course are to explain a modern development of the EU, analyse key points in particular areas of integration and practise argumentation skills.
Learning outcomes
Explain main changes of the European integration process after 1989.
Identify controversial issues in the key areas of integration.
Demonstrate arguments on a given topic.
Discuss fundamental issues of the recent development of the EU.
  • I. Opening session
  • II. The European integration process – a crash course
  • III. Single market construction
  • IV. From the EC to the EU - re-evaluation of strategies
  • V. The EU development and Amsterdam reform
  • VI. The Treaty of Nice – institutional preparation for enlargement
  • VII. The enlargement process and strategy
  • VIII. The Constitution for Europe
  • IX. The Lisbon Treaty
  • X. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: EU in the world
  • XI. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: Euro crisis
  • XII. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: EU at the crossroads
  • XIII. Final test
  • Comparative politics. Edited by Daniele Caramani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xliv, 786. ISBN 9780199298419. info
  • Policy-making in the European union. Edited by Helen S. Wallace - Mark A. Pollack - Alasdair R. Young. Seventh edition. xxxviii, 5. ISBN 9780199689675. info
  • The EU's Lisbon Treaty : institutional choices and implementation. Edited by Finn Laursen. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. xxvi, 302. ISBN 9781409434627. info
  • MCCORMICK, John. The European union : politics and policies. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996. xviii, 346. ISBN 0-8133-2232-4. info
  • CRAIG, Paul P. The Lisbon treaty : law, politics, and treaty reform. New book ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011. xxxv, 466. ISBN 9780199595013. info
  • Designing the European union : from Paris to Lisbon. Edited by Finn Laursen. 1st pub. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. xv, 317. ISBN 9780230367760. info
  • Assigned articles (Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Integration etc.)
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures mixed together with seminars including class discussions. Students are expected to prepare position papers and specific group projects. Both are presenting in the class. The discussion should introduce a wide range of arguments and points of view.
Assessment methods
All the course requirements are necessary to complete the course and to receive a final grade (A-F). Every student must submit six position papers, participate in group projects and complete the final test (composed of open questions).
Final grades will be made following according to the following scale: A. 70–66 points, B. 65-60 points, C. 59-55 points, D. 54-50 points, E. 49-45 points, F. 44 and less points.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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