This course is an elective spring semester course taught and examined in English. It is addressed to students of the School, students from other departments and schools of the University and students who are on ERASMUS exchange programs. It analyzes and delves into the institutional and decision-making framework of European Union today. It addresses particularly the interaction and mutual interconnection between the various EU institutions and the dynamics that develop between the Union and the Member States, between the Union and its external environment, as well as between the intergovernmental and the supranational elements of integration. It adresses the question of whether we can speak of a separate EU political system – especially after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty – and explores its main features. Moreover, it focuses on some key issues dominating the current debate within the EU: the future of European integration in the light of the recent “triple crisis” (Eurozone, Brexit, migration), the geographical and political limits of the Union, the concept and characteristics of multi-level governance, as well as the issue of popular legitimacy and European identity.
The course is provided in the form thematic seminars. Students are expected be prepared in advance for the course. The course demands a strong element of participation of students who are required to participate in the discussions, to prepare work for it and to provide directions in the course of the lesson. Participation is mandatory and the final grade is a combination of attendance, participation, presentation of work and the final examination.