Policy Integration in Europe
Credits: 4 ECTS
The course "Policy Integration in Europe" provides students with a comprehensive overview of the history, evolution, and theories of European integration. Through the analysis of policymaking complexities and the study of multilevel governance, students gain the necessary analytical tools to understand the interplay of various actors within the EU. Practical examples from diverse policy sectors enrich the learning experience. The course also explores regionalism within the EU and examines the role of regional parties. Challenges of European policy integration are discussed, and a comparative analysis with other regional integration initiatives is conducted.
To promote practical application and engagement, students participate in expert roundtables, applying theoretical concepts to real-world policy cases. Additionally, collaborative group work involves the development of concise policy briefs. By the course's conclusion, students possess a comprehensive understanding of European integration, encompassing historical development, theoretical foundations, governance structures, and policy challenges. Through active discussions, analysis of real-world cases, and the production of evidence-based policy briefs, students develop critical thinking skills and the ability to assess complex issues related to European integration. Ultimately, students are capable of effectively presenting current debates and issues, while providing substantiated policy recommendations.
- Class participation/readings: 10%
- Presentation in expert roundtables: 30%
- Policy briefs (in groups): 20 %
- Final papers: 40%