Politics of European Integration

Course Code: 
Compulsory Courses

Number of credits allocated: 6 ECTS Credits

Objective of the course (expected learning outcomes and competences to be acquired)

Understanding of the basic concepts in the analysis of European integration.

Acquaintance with the historical condition and the factors that drive the European integration process.

Familiarization with the institutional structure and evolution of the EU political system

Prerequisites: None

Course contents:

  Historical background and evolution

  The political system of governance of the EU: institutional and political modus operandi:

  • EU institutions: structure and basic functions (European Council, Council of Ministers, European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Justice, European Central Bank, auxiliary bodies)
  • Policy-making in the EU: actors and processes

Recommended reading

  •  N. Nugent (2010) The Government and Politics of the European Union 7th ed. (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan)
  •  S. Verney and A. Kontis (eds)European Integration – Crises and Challenges, Papazisis 2017 (in Greek)

Teaching methods:  Lectures.

Assessment methods:  Final written exam (100%)

Language of instruction: Greek