POL359 Contemporary European Union

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Politology - Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
Tue 18. 2. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 25. 2. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 3. 3. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 10. 3. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 17. 3. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 24. 3. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 31. 3. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 7. 4. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Tue 14. 4. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 21. 4. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 28. 4. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
POL359/01: Tue 5. 5. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka, Tue 12. 5. 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
POL359/02: Tue 5. 5. 8:00–9:40 U35, Tue 12. 5. 8:00–9:40 U35
POL359/03: Tue 5. 5. 18:00–19:40 U35, Tue 12. 5. 18:00–19:40 U35
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! OBOR ( EVS ) && ! OBOR ( EVS1 ) && ! OBOR ( EVSC ) && (! EVS162 Current European Union )
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
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Course objectives
The course provides the students with and overview of the history of European integration, its institutional framework and policies Students who complete the course will be able describe the main events of European integration and understand how the institutional framework works. They will also be acquainted with the most important European policies and main challenges of the integration process.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- describe and explain key events of European integration;
- explain the institutional structure of the European Union;
- describe the most important EU policies;
- debate on challenges the EU currently faces;
Syllabus
  • European Parliament and Second-Order Election Concept.
  • The institutional framework of the European Union.
  • The legislative process, control and sanctions in the EU.
  • EU Budget and Structural and Investment Funds
  • The Common Market and EU Politics.
  • Legitimacy and the Democratic Deficit.
  • Enlargement, Conditionality and Europeanization.
  • EMU and the Economic Crisis.
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy.
  • Brexit.
  • Seminar: Migration Crisis
  • Seminar: EU, USA and China
Literature
    required literature
  • R. Daniel Kelemen (2017). Europe’s Other Democratic Deficit Government and Opposition, 52, 2, s. 211-238.
  • Mitchell A. Orenstein and R. Daniel Kelemen. (2017). Trojan Horses in EU Foreign Policy. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55, 1, s. 87-102.
  • Paul Whitley (2017). Why Did Britain Vote to Leave the European Union? Political Insight, September 2017, s. 38-41.
  • Cini, Michelle; Borragán, Nieves Pérez-Solórzano (2019). European Union Politics. 6th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
  • Richard Corbett. 2014. European Elections are Second-Order Elections: Is received wisdom changing? Journal of Common Market Studies, 52, 6, s. 1194-1198.
  • John Curtice (2016). Brexit: Behind the Referendum, Political Insight, September 2016, s. 4-7.
  • Simon Hix and Michael Marsh. 2007. Punishment or protest? Understanding European Parliament Elections. Journal of Politics, 69, 2, s. 495-510.
  • Frieden, Jeffry – Walter, Stefanie. 2017. Understanding the Political Economy of the Eurozone Crisis. Reviews in Advance (http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/jfrieden/files/friedenwalter2017.pdf).
  • Olsen, Jonathan – McCormick, John. 2019. European Union Politics and Policies. 6th Edition. T&F INDIA, s. 257-265.
  • Ignacio Sanchez-Cuenca (2017). From a Deficit of Democracy to a Technocratic Order. Annual Review of Political Science, s. 351-369.
  • Marianne Kneuer (2019). The tandem of populism and Euroscepticism: A comparative perspective in the light of the European crises, Contemporary Social Science, 14, 1, s. 26-42.
  • Fiala, Petr – Krutílek, Ondřej – Pitrová, Markéta. 2018. Evropská Unie. Brno: CDK, s. 889-898.
    recommended literature
  • SZAPIRO, Manuel. The European Commission : a practical guide. Edited by Michael Keading. London: John Harper Publishing, 2013. xviii, 378. ISBN 9780957150133. info
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars
Assessment methods
position papers, active participation during seminars, written test consisting of close-ended questions, written test consisting of open-ended questions.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Nezapisují si studenti kombinace oborů PL-EVS.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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