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EU Policies

Vak 2010-2011

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This core seminar of the MA in European Governance focuses on European Union (EU) policy making. The course discusses theories of EU policy making, in particular liberal intergovernmentalism and neo-functionalism. These theories are applied to single market policies, the Economic and Monetary Union, social and employment, agriculture, cohesion and environmental policy.

Methods of Instruction
The seminar crucially depends on the active participation of students. Teams of students prepare the sessions. They present an integrated account of the required readings consisting of theoretical literature and general information about the policy field of the week. In addition they apply this general knowledge to a topical case, about which they have to independently collect information (see below ‘Team Presentations’ for further information). Presentations take about 45 minutes and will be followed by discussion with the whole group. This implies that the rest of the group must read the required reading very carefully as well.

Dr. A. Rasmussen

Course Material
The seminar will be based on the following books:
Helen Wallace and William Wallace. 2005. Policy making in the European Union (5th edition!). Oxford University Press
Additional required literature is either electronically available (Library) or will be made available on Blackboard.

Basic knowledge about the institutions and the policy making process in the EU is required. Students that have not attended an introduction to the EU are advised to consult the most recent edition of an introductionary text book as background reading, for instance: Cini, Michelle (ed.) European Union Politics (Oxford UP); Nugent, N., Government and Politics of the European Union (Duke University Press); or Richardson, J. (ed.), European Union: Power and Policy Making (Routledge).

Regular attendance is required. Grading is based on the team work (30 per cent), the participation in the discussions (20 per cent), and a take home exam (24 hours) based on some questions that transcend individual policy fields (50 per cent). Passing the take home exam (5.5) is a precondition for passing the seminar.

Schedule Block IV
Lectures: 29/03 – 10/05
Time: 15-19u in room 5A29

Latest update: March 17th, 2011