At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the development of the EU after the end of the Cold War. They will be able to discuss the main controversial issues in the integration process and put forward arguments for and against proposed solutions to those issues. Students will be also well-oriented in searching for relevant information which can be used as a background material for preparing a position on these topics and will become familiar with the institutional “landscape” of the European Union and its member states.
I. Opening session
II. The European integration process – a crash course
III. Single market construction
IV. The conception of the EC and re-evaluation of strategies
V. The founding of the EU and its development
VI. Amsterdam reform
VII. The EU’s economic position and integration
VIII. The Treaty of Nice – institutional preparation for enlargement
IX. The strategy of enlargement + “new member states’” positions
X. The Constitution for Europe
XI. The Lisbon Treaty
XII. EU beyond the Lisbon Treaty
XIII. Economic crisis in Europe
Policy-making in the European Union. Edited by Helen S. Wallace - Mark A. Pollack - Alasdair R. Young. 6th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. xlii, 597. ISBN 9780199544820.
Comparative politics. Edited by Daniele Caramani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xliv, 786. ISBN 9780199298419. info
MCCORMICK, John. The European union : politics and policies. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996. xviii, 346. ISBN 0813322332. info
The course consists of lectures mixed together with seminars including class discussions. Students are expected to prepare six position papers and present them in the class. Position papers deal with assigned articles (summary and critique of the article) which cover the issue of interest from a particular angle (e.g. the issue of democratic deficit is covered by five articles which enable in the class discussion to introduce a wide range of arguments and points of view).
Please note that all the course requirements are necessary to complete the course and to receive a final grade (A-F).
(1) Every student must submit six short position papers, each approx. 5,400 characters long. Paper topics will be specified and assigned in advance by lecturers (e.g. the problem of the “democratic deficit,” the European Constitution etc.). Each position paper must consist of a short description of the assigned article and of your own critique of the article. You should be ready to discuss the topic and your views in the seminars.
(2) There will be a written final test during the exam term based on lectures and readings.
A student will pass the course, if he/she earns 32 points out of 50 maximum.
Final grades will be based on:
6 papers – max. 3.5 points each, i.e. max. 21 points in total.
6 presentations – max. 1.5 points each, i.e. max. 9 points in total.
Final test – max. 20 points.
Final grades will be made following according to the following scale:
A. 50–47 points
B. 46–43 points
C. 42–39 points
D. 38–35 points
E. 34–32 points
F. 31 and less points
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught annually.
Minimal number of students in the course is 5. The course will be cancelled in the semester spring 2015, in case that lower number of students sign up.