PSIR 666 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
The Legitimacy of EU Governance
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 666
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to analyze the scientific debate about the legitimacy deficits of EU governance.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understand the different dimensions of legitimacy
  • Understand the different perception of legitimate governance in the EU
  • Understand the impact of recent events such as Eastern Enlargement and the Euro crisis on the public support for the European Union
  • discuss possible solutions for the legitimacy problems of the EU
Course Content The seminars examine the three dimensions of legitimacy: 1) Input-legitimacy refers to the popular authorization and accountability of governance. 2) Output-legitimacy results from the performance of a political system. 3) Social legitimacy implies a common political identity as precondition of majoritarian democracy. Students get familiarized with the transformation of concepts of political legitimacy in recent scientific debates: How can post-national governance be legitimized? Is the parliamentary democracy of the nation state transferable to supranational governance? Which role does NGO play in EU governance? Is there a European identity? The seminars further deal with the reform of the institutional architecture of the EU, its gradual parliamentarisation and performance analysis of EU governance.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Indicators of the EU’s legitimacy problems
3 Sources of legitimacy
4 Social legitimacy and Enlargement
5 Procedural legitimacy: Empowerment of the EP
6 Procedural legitimacy: Reform of the Council
7 Procedural legitimacy: Stakeholder Participation
8 Output legitimacy: The transformation of macroeconomic and fiscal governance after the Euro crisis
9 Output legitimacy: Employment and Social Welfare
10 Output legitimacy: Climate Change and Energy
11 Output legitimacy: Normative Power Europe
12 Output legitimacy: Transformaive Power of the EU in candidate countries
13 Presentations
14 Exam
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Reading Material and power point presentations
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
2
40
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
25
Presentation / Jury
1
35
Project
2
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
45
Final Exam
    Total
255

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments, publish scientific articles and participate the debates in academic meetings in Political Science and International Relations through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest