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Project and Institutions of the European Union

International Relations
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course aims to introduce you to the origin of the European Union’s institutions and the theories behind its creation and evolution. It also provides you with a better understanding of how the EU works, of the policies created at the European level and of the main issues in the European political agenda today.

Course Content

1. The origin of the EU

  a) The history of the European continent

  b) The impact of World War I and World War II

  c) The European identity

2. Main treaties

  a) Treaty of Rome

  b) Maastricht Treaty

  c) Lisbon Treaty

3. Theories of European Integration

4. European institutions

  a) European Parliament

  b) European Council

  c) European Commission

  d) Council of the European Union

  e) Court of Justice of the European Union

5. European policies

  a) Common Foreign and Security Policies

  b) Common Security and Defense

  c) Development and Cooperation

  d) Enlargements

  e) European Neighbourhood

  f) Humanitarian Aid

  g) Trade

6. The future of the EU

  a) Brexit

  b) Euroscepticism

  c) Candidates for membership and possible future enlargements


Ali M. El-Agraa - The European Union: Economics and policies - Cambridge University Press (2011)

Michelle Cini, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan - European Union Politics - Oxford University Press, USA (2010)

(The European Union series) Simon Hix - The Political System of the European Union - Palgrave Macmillan (2005)