Contemporary European Institutions, 7.5 credits (733A45)

Contemporary European Institutions, 7.5 hp

Course description

Course module in the Master's programme in International and European Relations. The central themes of the course are: - institutional theories as applied to the EU; - theories of integration and multi-level governance; - policy-making in the EU; - the development and characteristics of the EU system of institutions; - prospects for enlargement and institutional development of the EU.

Main field of study

Political Science

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 2 (Spring 2021) v202104-202108 English Linköping o
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 2 (Spring 2021) v202104-202108 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1N

Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, in political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences or other disciplinary backgrounds, if applicants can demonstrate ability to develop their potentials in the subject area, 

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • empirically and theoretically examine the institutions of the European Union;
  • utilize acquired theoretical concepts in order to understand and explain patterns of power and authority in contemporary Europe;
  • understand and critically discuss the concept of multi-level governance in the EU;
  • account for the centrifugal and integrative aspects of European national and transnational interconnections and interdependence in broad temporal and spatial terms;
  • discuss possible future developments in Europe and the EU.

Course content

The central themes of the course are:

  • institutional theories as applied to the EU;
  • theories of integration and multi-level governance;
  • policy-making in the EU;
  • the development and characteristics of the EU system of institutions;
  • prospects for enlargement and institutional development of the EU.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.

Examination

Written examination at the end of the course, and mandatory seminars.
Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

ECTS, EC

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Books

Hix, Simon, Høyland, Bjørn, (2011) The political system of the European Union Third edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, [England] ; New York, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

ISBN: 9780230344181,9780230249820

Wiener, Antje, Diez, Thomas, (2009) European integration theory 2. ed. Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2009

ISBN: 9780199226092

Zielonka, Jan, (2006) Europe as Empire. The Nature of the Enlarged European Union Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006

ISBN: 0199292213

(can be substituted with a study-trip)

Additional literature

Other

Articles and handouts may be added.

EXAM Home Examination EC 7.5 credits
INDI Individual paper EC 0 credits
SEMI Seminars EC 0 credits

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