INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2014-2015

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IRS 142 EU and European Politics Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 569 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dževada Šuško, Assist. Prof. Dr. Dževada Šuško, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Instroductory course to European Union and its influecen in European politics

COURSE OBJECTIVE
give students an understanding of key features and processes in the EU,
explain and make conclusions on common trends of European politics
indicate historical roots of the current EU attitudes towards its member states and to those who aspire to become a member of the EU
provide a reasonably broad perspective of EU enlargement processes,

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Overview of European history
  2. Conceptualizing the EU
  3. The idea of Europe
  4. The creation of the European Community
  5. QUIZ
  6. From European Community to European Union
  7. The Commission & The Council of Ministers & The European Council
  8. MIDTERM
  9. The European Parliament & European Parties & Party Systems
  10. European Union Law & Court
  11. Muslims in Europe
  12. QUIZ
  13. Visit to the EU Delegation in Sarajevo
  14. The EU and the World
  15. Future Prospects of the EU & Lessons Learnt

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Readings
  2. Readings
  3. Readings
  4. Readings & Student presentations
  5. Preparation for Quiz
  6. Readings & Press conference about media coverage of key issues in European politics
  7. Readings & Student presentations
  8. Preparation for MIdterm

  1. Readings & Student presentations
  2. Readings & Student presentations
  3. Readings & Student presentations
  4. Preparation for Quiz
  5. Readings & Student presentations
  6. Readings & Student presentations
  7. Preparation for Final

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Excurtion
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Demonstration
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Quiz215
Homework210
Midterm Exam(s)125
Presentation110
Final Exam130
+Contribution to class discussion 10%
Total: 90
Learning outcomes
  • understand the role of various factors in European politics (history, political parties, demographics, social change)
  • develop a comprehension of EU\'s institutions
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply critical thinking to current dynamics in EU
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • McCormick, John. (2011). Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction (5th edn.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nugent, Neill (2010). The Government and Politics of the European Union (5th edn.). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Additional readings will be assigned by the instructor.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)1420280
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)1414196
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)133
Preparation for Midterm Examination122
Preparation for Final Examination122
Assignment / Homework/ Project236
Seminar / Presentation13678
Total Workload: 569
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 23