POLb1010 Contemporary European Union

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Aneta Pinková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Milan Podmaník (assistant)
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
Tue 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
POLb1010/01: No timetable has been entered into IS. A. Pinková, M. Rybář
POLb1010/02: No timetable has been entered into IS. A. Pinková, M. Rybář
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POL359 Contemporary European Union && ! NOW ( POL359 Contemporary European Union ) && ! 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;
  • 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
    required literature
  • Paul Whitley (2017). Why Did Britain Vote to Leave the European Union? Political Insight, September 2017, s. 38-41.
  • John Curtice (2016). Brexit: Behind the Referendum, Political Insight, September 2016, s. 4-7.
  • Fiala, Petr – Krutílek, Ondřej – Pitrová, Markéta. 2018. Evropská Unie. Brno: CDK, s. 889-898.
  • R. Daniel Kelemen (2017). Europe’s Other Democratic Deficit Government and Opposition, 52, 2, s. 211-238.
  • 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).
  • Richard Corbett. 2014. European Elections are Second-Order Elections: Is received wisdom changing? Journal of Common Market Studies, 52, 6, s. 1194-1198.
  • Olsen, Jonathan – McCormick, John. 2019. European Union Politics and Policies. 6th Edition. T&F INDIA, s. 257-265.
  • Cini, Michelle; Borragán, Nieves Pérez-Solórzano (2019). European Union Politics. 6th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
  • 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.
  • Mitchell A. Orenstein and R. Daniel Kelemen. (2017). Trojan Horses in EU Foreign Policy. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55, 1, s. 87-102.
  • Ignacio Sanchez-Cuenca (2017). From a Deficit of Democracy to a Technocratic Order. Annual Review of Political Science, s. 351-369.
  • Simon Hix and Michael Marsh. 2007. Punishment or protest? Understanding European Parliament Elections. Journal of Politics, 69, 2, s. 495-510.
    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
Spring 2021: Videolectures, weekly seminars via Zoom.
Assessment methods
Essay, active participation during seminars, 2 online tests consisting of close-ended questions.
Language of instruction
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.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2022, recent)
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