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Name212E19 Advanced EU Politics
Language Engelsk
Course levelKandidat
Department Institut for Statskundskab
Related educations
Course code431192U014
TeacherDaniel Finke
Course type Tomplads Ordinær Udveksling
FacultyAarhus BSS
Course catalogue id94240

Description of qualifications:

<p>Brexit, European Parliament elections, trade conflicts, the rise of populist parties and the future of the Euro &#8211; 2019 is another exciting year for studying EU politics. However, the meaning and consequences of the above challenges are often hard to comprehend without a profound knowledge of the EU. The purpose of this master course is to give participants in-depth insight into the EU that they can use in their future career and further specialisation in the study of EU politics (e.g. in their MA thesis). We build upon the introduction to the EU system that participants have obtained during their bachelor studies. The course aims to provide research-based teaching and discussions about the institutions, decision-making processes and policies of the EU. Participants will strengthen their theoretical and empirical insight into the EU as well as their competences to do empirical analyses of the EU. The course is divided into a &#8216;teaching&#8217; part and a &#8216;home-assignment&#8217; part. The teaching part of the course is based on a combination of the 2017 edition of Neill Nugent&#8217;s text book, <em>The Government and Politics of the European Union</em>, and a number of research articles from international scientific journals. The teaching part of the course is organised around four major themes. The first covers the institutions of the EU. In this part of the course we focus on the legislative, executive and judicial actors of the EU. The second theme includes decision-making processes of the EU. Here, we highlight administrative regulation by the Commission, legislation by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union and the involvement of interest organisations. The third theme deals with the policies of the EU. Here, we will discuss the internal market, member states&#8217; coordination of finance and monetary policies, regional policies and funds as well as the refugee crisis. Under the final theme, we study the link between domestic and EU politics. Here, we focus on public opinion about the EU, political party conflict about European integration, the role of national parliaments in the EU and Brexit.</p> <p>Having completed the teaching part of the course, participants will concentrate on writing their term papers and have 1-2 months to complete this. The assignment is a paper on a self-chosen research question on a selected aspect of the themes addressed in the teaching part of the course. This part of the course will begin with a plenary discussion of each participant&#8217;s paper ideas. Then all participants write their papers under individual guidance from the teacher. The course ends with a plenary discussion, or mini-conference, in which each participant&#8217;s draft paper is discussed. The participants will then have some time to revise their paper before handing in the final version. The home assignment can be done individually or in groups.</p> <p>All participants are required to take part in classroom discussions to develop their oral competences. Furthermore, all participants are required to write short essays during the teaching part of the course to develop their writing competences. The writing and approval of these essays are a condition for completing the course.</p> For this course, participants are expected to have basic knowledge of the EU. The individual teaching sessions will include a short brush-up of the various topics, but quickly focus on the questions currently addressed by researchers in the field. For example, when we are to discuss the Council of the European Union, we will briefly recapitulate its basic organisation, but then concentrate on research questions such as: Does the rotating presidency imply power? What are the cleavages in the Council of the European Union?


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