European Union Institutions and Policies

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This is an optional course, offered by the School of Political Sciences and taught in English.  It is addressed to the students of the School, students in other Schools of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and students studying in the University under an ERASMUS exchange program. The main objectives of the course are: a) to introduce students to the multilevel institutional system of the European Union (EU); b) to map the processes through which European and national actors are involved in policy-making at the EU level; c) to expose the main problems and dilemmas currently confronting the EU; and d) to discuss the most likely scenarios for the future of European integration.

The course is organized around seminars and the students are required to prepare in advance. It is strongly interactive and students are encouraged to participate actively and guide the course. Attendance is compulsory and the final grade is based upon attendance, participation and the final exam.

Course modules

Α. Introductory part

  • The historical development of the EU – an overview
  • Main concepts

B. The EU institutions under the Lisbon Treaty

  • The institutional structure of the European Union – objectives, values, competences, membership
  • The institutional structure of the European Union – supranational and intergovernmental institutions

C. EU decision-making process: dynamics in policy making

  • Policy-making in the EU – the ordinary legislative procedure
  • Policy-making in the EU – economic governance
  • Policy-making in the EU – the Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU budget
  • Policy-making in the EU – external relations and defense cooperation

D. EU crises – EU challenges?

  • The EU in crisis – the Eurozone crisis
  • The EU in crisis – the migration crisis
  • The EU in crisis – Brexit and the legitimacy crisis
  • Scenarios and outlook for the future




Μαθησιακά Αποτελέσματα: 

Upon the completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • acquire a comprehensive view of the institutional system and functions of the EU as well as the dynamics of its decision- and policy-making processes
  • be able to study and discuss current economic, political and social developments in Europe in the light of the various interdependences between the national, the EU and the international level
  • possess the necessary intellectual baggage in order to study particular aspects of the institutional process of the EU and/ or examine specific forms of governance with a significant European dimension

- N. Moussis: Access to European Union: Law, Economics, Policies, 18th updated edition. EUROPEAN STUDY SERVICE, 43 Avenue Paola, B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium.  May 2009.  in
- H. Wallace, M. Pollack, and A. Young (eds.): Policy-Making in the European Union, Seventh Edition (New European Union Series). Oxford University Press. London. 2014.
- I. Bache, S. Bulmer S. George and O. Parker (eds.), Politics in the European Union (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.