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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084330, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track EUROPEAN POLICIES [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination LOBBYING IN THE EU: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LAURA POLVERARI SPS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of political science and EU governance and institutions.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at understanding:
• the functioning of the policy process in relation to key EU policies
• the roles and interests of key actors
• the future challenges for the EU and the opportunities and challenges that they present for governments and actors outside government.
Students will acquire specific analytical skills in terms of writing and problem-solving.
Examination methods: Written exams with open questions.
Two options:
- general exam and class presentation;
- general exam and submission of an essay on the day of the written exam. The grade breakdown is as follows:
- Group presentation (max 3 people) or individual written assignment: 40%
- Final exam: 60%
The written assignment (essay) will have to be 4,000 words long.
Assessment criteria: The assessment methods have been designed in order to stimulate active involvement in the course and to develop a mix of knowledge and specific verbal communication/writing capabilities.
Course unit contents: The course provides the main analytical tools needed to understand the nature of EU decision-making, the agenda setting and implementation processes of key EU policies, and the roles and interests of the main actors involved in those. The first part of the course addresses the key EU policies and their interaction with the domestic policies of EU Member States. The second part of the course will focus on the key actors that engage to shape those policies. The interaction among EU institutions, policymakers, stakeholders and decision-making processes is discussed using political science methodological tools and analytical approaches. The course concludes with a reflection on the future challenges facing the EU and the opportunities/barriers that they present for governments and actors outside government.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course uses a variety of teaching methods, such as:
• lectures
• group discussions
• discussion of case studies
• interactive sessions with invited speakers from the EU policymaker and stakeholder communities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course draws on a variety of reading materials including scientific publications as well as EU strategies and policy documents.
A full list of compulsory and recommended readings will be made available
at the beginning of the course; however, key readings will include selected chapters from the volumes listed below and the Oxford Politics Research Encyclopedia.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • H. Wallace, M.A. Pollack and R.A. Young, Policy-Making in the European Union (selected chapters). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. Brunet-Jailly, A. Hurrelmann and A. Verdun, European Union Governance and Policy Making (selected chapters). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Dialer and M. Richter, Lobbying in the European Union. Strategies, Dynamics and Trends (selected chapters). --: Springer, 2019.
  • M Kluger Dionigi, Lobbying in the European Parliament. The Battle for Influence. --: Palgrave McMillan, 2017. 10.1007/978-3-319-42688-4

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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