Compulsory for the 5th year students of the MA programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
The course introduces students to the main issues in EU politics and public policy. It discusses some of the key theoretical perspectives and approaches to understand how the EU political system works, the role played by member states and transnational actors, and the policy-making process and output. The course consists of two parts: the first one deals with the main EU institutions and how politics plays out within and across them. The second part discusses European policies that is the competence of EU institutions in approaching some policy problems (often in the context of a complex interplay with national and regional institutions). The reference is to the case of cohesion and social policy.
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to critically discuss how the EU political system works. Focusing on current developments and tensions, they should get acquainted with the most recent scholarly debate. They are expected to become knowledgeable of the jargon and concepts of both comparative politics and policy analysis.
Articles published in PS and EU journals will be indicated in the detailed syllabus distributed to students ahead of the start of the module