EGO431 What’s new in the EU I.

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
PhDr. Zdeněk Sychra, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Vratislav Havlík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Veronika Zapletalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Hubert Smekal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petra Kuchyňková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
each odd Wednesday 18:00–19:40 U53
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/12, only registered: 0/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course discusses new developments in the EU and runs every semester. It is based on class discussions and presentations of various positions present in the debates. The objectives of the course are threefold: 1) Discuss topical events in the EU.
2) Improve argumentation skills in the issues of interest.
3) Improve presentation skills.
Learning outcomes
Present arguments on a given topic.
Effectively react to counterarguments and defend one's position on a given topic.
  • Seven compulsory seminars per semester (once in two weeks), each of 60 to 90 minutes (total 12 contact hours).
  • From the following broader issues (more specific problems will be specified):
  • 1) Opening session. Democratic backsliding in Hungary
  • 2) Popular opinion in the EU
  • 3) Brexit
  • 4) EU as an actor in Eastern Neighborhood
  • 5) Euroscepticism
  • 6) Selected EU law issue
  • 7) Energy policy
    required literature
  • Curtice, John. 2017. “Why Leave Won the UK’s EU Referendum.” JCMS, Vol(55), pp. 19-37.
Teaching methods
Reading the required literature. Discussion on the topic of the day.
Assessment methods
The course shall serve as a platform for discussing the developments in the EU and its member states. The class meets biweekly to debate important issues in a structured way. The whole class consists of several groups which have the following tasks: (1) providing background information about the issue at question, (2) providing arguments for a thesis, (3) providing arguments against a thesis, (4) presenting three EU related news.
Before every seminar, the lecturer responsible for given issue presents a (provocative) thesis/question which shall serve as a basis for the debate.
Requirements of the Course and the Evaluation
1) Compulsory participation at the seminars 2) Active participation at the group projects The evaluation is based on the binary scale: pass – fail. For successful passing of the course it is mandatory to participate at all the seminars and all the group projects.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017.
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