Political Science | Politics of the European Union
Y350 | 3722 | Sissenich


This course will familiarize students with the history, institutions
and politics of the European Union. We will examine the following
questions: What drives European regional integration? What explains
the institutional structures that we find in the EU? Are there any
comparable cases of regional integration elsewhere in the world? Why
does European integration evolve more easily in some policy areas
than others? What is the role of law in the integration process? What
are the implications of the EU for democracy?

The course will proceed in three parts: 1) history and institutions
of the EU; 2) EU policies: the single market, agriculture, economic
and monetary union, cohesion policy, and biotechnology; and 3)
current issues: Europe’s constitution, enlargement, global trade,
common foreign and security policy, and justice and home affairs.

Students enrolled in this course must be prepared to follow
international news reporting on the EU and read legal texts. Course
requirements will include a group project.