European Union Policies

Course NameEuropean Union Policies
Course CodeIRS301
DescriptionThe aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of the EU institutions, decision-making and key policies in the light of main theories used in the EU studies. The course builds upon the EU integration history course and it is divided into two parts. First – introductory part reviews milestones and logic of the EU integration; examines main integration theories and explores the EU institutions and formal as well as informal decision-making process and its shortcomings. Second part is devoted to the key EU policies including trade, agriculture, monetary policy, foreign policy and defense. All individual topics will be supplemented with concrete case studies analyzing major current problems and trends such as Eurocrsis, Brexit, migration crisis, Euroscepticism and extremism, energy security, etc.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Assess the process of the EU integration in the light of main theories used in EU studies;
– Understand the EU institutional processes and their impact on European, as well as non-European states and citizens;
– Critically analyze the EU’s key policies and their internal and external impact;
– Understand main political processes and major trends in the EU;
– Provide possible solutions of present problems concerning the EU;
– Contribute effectively to the larger public conversation about the role and future development of the EU;
– Demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS