PSIR 514 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
European Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 514
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • explain the milestones of the European integration process
  • compare the explaining factors for the European integration process offered by different theoretical approaches
  • illustrate how external and domestic factors inluence position and bargaining power of the involved stakeholdes
  • discuss the strength and weakness of alternative theoretical explanations
  • explain the functioning of the institutional architecture of the EU
  • Interpret current European events in the light of different integration theories
  • Apply integration/governance theories in their research
Course Content

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Overview History of EU: http://europa.eu/about-eu/eu-history/index_en.htm
2 History I: Paris Treaty, Rome Treaties, Luxemburg Compromise Bache/George: Politics in the European Union, Chapters 6, 7, 9.
3 History II: Single European Act, Maastricht Treaty Bache/George: Politics in the European Union, Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13.
4 History III: Amsterdam and Nice Treaty, Constitutional and Lisbon Treaty Bache/George, chapters 14, 15, 16; for Treaty of Lisbon: Treaty of Lisbon, http://europa.eu/lisbon_treaty/index_en.htm
5 Overview of European Integration Theories Hoyland and Schieritz (2004) Theories of European Integration; Jensen (2010) Neofunctionalism, in M. Cini et. al., European Union Politics, ch. 5, Cini (2010) Intergovernmentalism, in Cini et al. European Union Politics, ch. 6, Bache/Bulmer (2006), chapter 2
6 The institutions of the European Union Michelle Cini (2005): European Union Politics, ch. 9, 10,11
7 European Commission: autonomous actor or agent of the member states? The Council: dominated by the big member states? - Bocquillon, P. and Dobbels, M. (2014) An elephant on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont: European Council and Commission relations in legislative agenda-setting, Journal of European Public Policy, 21(1), - Bürgin, A. (2013) Salience, path dependency and the coalition between the European Commission and the Danish Council Presidency: why the EU opened a visa liberalization process with Turkey, European Integration Online Papers, 17(9), 1-19. - Tallberg (2008) Bargaining Power in the Council, Journal of Common Market Studies, 46 (3), 685-708.
8 Midterm
9 The European Union: Success or failure Zimmermann and Dür (2016) chapters 1, 2.
10 How Democratic is the EU Zimmermann and Dür (2016) chapters 4, 6.
11 Does the EU Act as Normative Power Zimmermann and Dür (2016) chapters 12, 13.
12 The transformative power of the EU Schimmelfennig, F. And Sedelmeier, F. (2004) Governance by conditionality: EU rule transfer to the candidate countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of European Public Policy 11(4), 661-679, Bürgin (2016) Why the EU still matters in Turkish domestic politics: Insights from recent reforms in migration policy, South European Society and Politics 21(1), 105-118.
13 Presentations
14 Review of the Semester Reflection on the future of the European Integration Process
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks A reading pack will be provided in the begining of the course
Suggested Readings/Materials Websites of the EU institutions

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
50
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
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
13
7
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
40
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
30
Final Exam
    Total
224

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and to ultimately deepen and develop intellectual interest X
2 To evaluate the relationships between factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture in a critical perspective  X
3 To provide advanced competences to determine and question the theoretical and emprical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature 
4 To identify the political and cultual conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnic groups, gender and religion at national and international levels  X
5 To provide competences to develop original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature X
6 To determine, collect, resolve, and interpret the data that would measure the theories and concepts as variables by using scientific research methods in Political Science and International Relations field
7 To use confidently the terms and concepts of Political Science and International Relations 
8 To communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations to groups inside and outside the said discipline  X
9 To take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in relation to politics in daily life  X
10 To develop projects determining the institutional and political instruments for management of domestic and international conflicts  X
11 To prepare an orginal thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations in accordance with scentific criteria  X
12 To design and carry out a scientific research project in the field of Political Science and International Relations  X
13 To have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of collecting, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations 

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