EVS401 Political System of EU

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 12 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, 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 10:00–11:40 U32
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! EVSn4001 Political System of EU && ! NOW ( EVSn4001 Political System of EU ) && ! EVS4010 && ! NOW ( EVS4010 )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course develops knowledge of the European Union gained at the bachelor level (e. g. history of European Integration, Institution of the European Union etc.). These information are analyzed through methods and approaches relevant in current political science. At the end of this course, students should be able to understand, explain and characterize how the political system of the European Union works. Students should be able to identify main political actors as well as relevant political proceseses in the European Union in analytical terms.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able:
to understand theories and models of European integration;
to apply them when analysing current development of the EU
to identify through them key problems of EU political system
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Theory of European Integration
  • 3. EU Statehood
  • 4. Constitutional and legal limitations of the political system of the EU
  • 5. Methods of review of the European Integration
  • 6. Methods of analyzing the political system of the EU
  • 7. Decision making process in the political system of the EU
  • 8. Policies in the EU
  • 9. The political integration of the EU
  • 10. EU and democracy
  • 11. Representation of interests in the EU
  • 12. Democratic deficit of the EU
    required literature
  • Closa, Cartlos. 2013. The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties. Routledge,
  • Wiener, Antje - Börzel, Tahna A. - Risse, Thomas. 2018. European Integration Theory Third Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Hix, Simon - Hoyland, Björn. 2011. The Political System of the European Union (3rd Edition). Palgrave Macmillan.
Teaching methods
The course is carried out by seminars where students present and discuss their ideas.
Assessment methods
Final exam constists of several components. First of them is written exam (40% of total points), second one is several group projects (30% of total points), third part of evaluation are individual position papers(20% of total points) and the last is teacher s evaluation of student s activity during lectures (class discussion, 10% of total points).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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