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COURSE SYLLABUS

Politics and Policy in the European Union 7.5 credits

Politik och policy i den Europeiska Unionen
First cycle, S0026N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.


Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Course Aim
After taking the course, the student should be able to: 
• Describe and explain the EU’s emergence, institutions and functions from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.
• Exemplify and analyse the EU’s role as a global, regional and local actor within relevant policy areas.
• Describe and analyse the ways in which the EU influences policy and politics in the member states, as well as the member states’ influence over the common European politics.
• Participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions.
• Write and present assignments in a clear and structured way within stated time and space limits.
• Independently seek out relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources and relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge based on source-critical principles.


Contents
The course is an introduction to the European Union’s functions and institutions, with a particular focus on the EU's influence over political decisions and developments within as well as outside the member states from a multilevel perspective.

The course covers the following areas:
• Theories and analytical frameworks central to the study of the EU and European policy from a multilevel perspective.
• The EU’s history and future developments.
• The EU’s institutions, functions and working methods.
• Relations and policy-making in the interaction between the EU on the one hand and state and non-state actors on the other.
• The EU's role as a global political actor

A number of generic skills are also covered and put into practical application throughout the course. A particular emphasis is put on the ability to independently seek out, evaluate and critically examine knowledge, as well as on the ability to present and communicate assignments in a clear and structured way within stated time and space limits.


Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars, written exercises and supervision. The purpose of the lectures is to introduce the students to the central themes included in the course and to give examples of their empirical application. The seminars and exercises primarily aim to deepen the understanding of the EU's structure, function and influence over policy and policy-making in a global, national and regional perspective and to apply this knowledge in the study of different policy areas. Active participation in the seminars is mandatory and additional assignments is given to those who for various reasons do not participate actively.

The off-campus course is entirely web-based and given via a course platform on the Internet. Lectures and seminar discussions are here held by the assistance of distance-spanning technology.


Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written compulsory assignments and an active participation in seminar discussions during the length of the course corresponds to 3 credits. These activities examinate the student's ability to: describe and explain the EU’s emergence, institutions and functions from both a theoretical and empirical perspective; exemplify and analyse the EU’s role as a global, regional and local actor within relevant policy areas; describe and analyse the ways in which the EU influences policy and politics in the member states, as well as the member states’ influence over the EU; as well as participate actively and constructively in seminar discussions.

An individually written report handed in at the end of the course corresponds to 4,5 credits and examinates the student's ability to: independently analyze the interaction at different levels between the EU and other actors in specific policy areas; write and present assignments in a clear and structured way within stated time and space limits; and independently seek out relevant knowledge in both printed and Internet-based sources and relate to, critically review and evaluate this knowledge based on source-critical principles.


Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration eduets@ltu.se not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Examiner
Charlotta Söderberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Tallberg, J. (2021) EU:s politiska system. 8th edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Cini, M. och Pérez-Solòrzano Borragán, N. (2019) European Union Politics. 6th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ekengren, A-M. och Hinnfors, J. (2012) Uppsatshandbok – Hur du lyckas med din uppsats. 2nd edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Research report, oral and written presentationU G VG *4.50MandatoryA07
0003Compulsory written exercises and seminarsU G#3.00MandatoryA08

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 16 Jun 2021