PSC405 Politics of the European Union (Fall, Spring)

Politics of European integration from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, institutional, and policy-making. Fundamental post-war political process in modern-day Europe.

The European Union has been widely considered the most successful political enterprise of the 20th -century in Europe. Through economic, cultural and political interactions, as well as on the basis of a complex institutional framework, the EU has become the fundamental actor helping to preserve peace and promote prosperity in the post-WWII and the post-Cold-War European continent. However, the current period of crises and the questioning of the EU’s rationale constitute probably the most important challenge to its existence and to its policies since its inception. Do recent national and European electoral results mean that European institutions require profound reforms? How should the EU adapt to the fast changing global environment and the emergence of new threats and challenges in its neighbourhood? In the wake of the 2019 European elections, the new EU leadership will need to proceed to necessary reforms and policy changes which will be of utmost importance for the future of Europe. Through this course you will understand the functioning of the European institutions (the Council of Europe/COE and the European Union/EU), examine the evolution and general institutional structure of the EU, and analyze the policy-making process within the EU.

Matriculated SU Students note: You may not receive credit for both this course and PSC 396.

Department: Political Science

Location: Strasbourg

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3