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Faculty of Political Science
POLITICAL SCIENCES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS
Course unit
POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
SPM0014423, A.A. 2013/14

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
POLITICAL SCIENCES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS
SP1421, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO MASCIA SPS/04

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SPM0014423 POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION MARCO MASCIA SP1843

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 03/03/2014
End of activities 14/06/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The field is political science-international relations and organisation. It requires knowledge of basic concepts and major approaches of political science and international relations.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide cognitive data to understanding the complexity of the evolving system of European Union, with particular regard to the institutional architecture, the decision-making, and the actors of the political demand.
The course aims at providing political science concepts, theories and approaches which are necessary to understand the complex institutional architecture and policies of the European Union.
In particular the course intends to help students to increase the knowledge of the EU political system, having regard to opportunities which are offered to the civil society organisations to access to the EU decision-making process, and also to obstacles that hinder interests representation and political participation.
Furthermore the course will focus on a new entity of transnational territorial cooperation, that is the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. A special attention will be devoted to political parties at European level and to the elections to the European Parliament in 2014.
Examination methods: Students' knowledge will be tested through an oral colloquium dealing with the topics addressed by the syllabus and the classes.
Assessment criteria: Score will be from 18 to 30.
Students shall show to manage the basic information relating to theories of European integration, EU political system, interest representation in the EU system, European party system; ability to analyse and critically approach issues dealing with international politics; linguistic competence with regard to international relations language.
Course unit contents: First Part
1. The process of European integration: theories and models.
2. The European Union as a political system.
2.1 Human rights, subsidiarity, EU citizenship, intercultural dialogue.
2.2 EU Institutional architecture.
2.3 EU decision-making process.
3. The actors of European political demand and the problem of democratic deficit.
3.1 The representation of the interests in the EU system.
3.2 The civil society networks in the EU: the practice of "civil dialogue".
3.3 The European party system: the European party federations, the national political parties and the parliamentary groups.
4. The evolution of regional cooperation.
5. The role of local and regional governments in the process of European integration: The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC).
6. EU policies.
7. European governance and political development of the EU.

Second Part
The elections for the European Parliament in 2014: programs of European political parties and related documents of civil society organizations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Topics of the course will be addressed mainly through frontal lessons. Nevertheless, seminars with scholars on some specific topics will be scheduled.
Working groups, seminars, role play, using documents of EU.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Erasmus or foreign students who do not have a sufficient degree of competence in Italian language may study on the following textbook:
S.Hix, B.Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (3rd edition).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.Mascia, Il sistema dell’Unione Europea. Appunti su teorie, attori e processi. Padova: Cedam, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A cura del docente, Dossier con i programmi elettorali dei partiti politici europei e documenti correlati. --: --, --.