This course is an introduction to the process of European integration and the current workings of the European Union as a political system. The first part of the course presents the main principles of European integration, the nature, values and actors of the EU and, last but not least, the main theories that will help us understand the process of European integration and the institutional architecture of the EU.
Description: This course is about comparative analysis as the study and the practice of different political units and systems. By being one of the oldest methods used in order to understand the complexity of the political world (types of government, principles, ruling methods and so on), the comparison reveals its adaptability to any political writing, either modern or contemporary.
What is an international organization (IO) and why does it exist? What role do the IOs play in solving global, regional and national problems? How do IOs act next to states and individuals in the processes of global governance? The goal of this course is that students develop a theoretical as well as practical and contextualized understanding of IOs and the global issues they attempt to address.
The general aims of the course is to provide a detailed and critical understanding of what European Union does in the different policy fields, to channel this knowledge through the wider context of economics and public policy analysis, and to enable students to develop analytical and theoretical skills that provide the foundations for higher degrees or that can be transferred directly into non-academic careers.
Since it is extremely difficult to cover such a generous and intricated topic such as globalization, this course examines only some issues related to this topic. By examining the concept itself, as well as its relation so different issues such as the individual, the state, the social movement or social media, this course aims to offer grounding in the most important aspects regarding the tension between globalisation and regionalisation.
This project has been carried out with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of the European Union, nor does it involve any responsibility on the part of the European Union.