PSIR 667 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
New Perspectives and Concepts in European Studies
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 667
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 seminar aims at introducing students to current theoretical and empirical debates in European Studies
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To summarize current theoretical and empirical debates in European studies
  • To discuss the strength and weakness of respective theoretical approaches
  • To explain the main challenges of EU integration
  • To propose future scenarios about current issues
  • To analyze a related topic in a presentation/term paper
Course Content This course examines current theoretical and empirical debates in European studies. The course comprises five main themes: (1) Debates on the policy making process (New German leadership? Impact of the new Juncker Commission?); (2) Debates on the management of the Euro crisis (intergovernmentalist vs. neo-functionalist approaches); (3) Debates on the EU’s foreign policy (Speaking with one voice? Evidence from Ukraine conflict, global trade governance and energy/climate policy), (4) Debates on the transformative power of the EU (Impact of EU in candidate countries, in particular Turkey, post-accession compliance in CEEC countries), (5) Debates on widening, deepening and differentiated integration (Do enlargements hinder deeper integration? Is a differentiation a solution to the increasing heterogeneity of the EU; debate on UK’s exit from the EU)

 



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 Theoretical Frameworks of EU’s policy process I Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 6
3 Theoretical Frameworks of EU’s policy process II Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 6
4 Theoretical Frameworks of EU’s policy process III Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 6
5 Theoretical perspectives on the management of the Eurocrisis I Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 2
6 Theoretical perspectives on the management of the Eurocrisis II Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 2
7 Theorising EU’s foreign policy I Virtual Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2015); Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2014), vol. 21, no. 7
8 Theorising EU’s foreign policy II Virtual Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2015); Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2014), vol. 21, no. 7
9 Transformative Power of the EU I
10 Transformative Power of the EU II
11 Widening vs. Deepening: Enlargement and Integration in the EU I Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 5
12 Widening vs. Deepening: Enlargement and Integration in the EU II Special Issue Journal of European Public Policy (2013), vol. 20, no. 5
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