In line with the general learning objectives of the Degree in Political Science, the course aims at providing students with the basic knowledge and analytical tools to study and understand the functioning of the European politico-institutional system and its social model. First, through an in-depth review of the main European institutions - European Commmission, Council of the European Union, European Council, European Parliament and European Court of Justice - and their interplay, students will develop their knowledge and understanting of the European political arena, its actors and underlying processes, with a specific focus on multilevel and interistitutional dynamics. Second, students will acquire the essential empirical knowledge and analytical categories to understand the specificities of the social dimension of the European integration process from a historical perspective, and its salience by shedding light on key contemporary political and institutional challenges.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: students will acquire empircal knowledge and key analitycal tools to understand and analyse the functioning of the European politico-institutional system and its social model. More specifically, through the course students will acquire applied and theretical knowledge of: a) the politico-institutional arena of the European Union, its main acotrs and underlying processes; b) the specificities of the social dimension of the European integration process and its salience, shedding light on key contemporary political and institutional challenges. Applying knowledge and understanding: Through the in-depth review of a number of case studies, students will learn how to apply their knowledge to analyse the functioning of the European politico-institutional system and its social model. Making judgements: the course provides both knowledge and analaytical categories that will help students in making judgements and understanding, in a critical way, processes and mechanisms that characterize the functioning of the European political system. Communication skills: the course aims at stimulating student's active participation. Small-group activities and in-depth review of case studies are meant to further develop their communication skills, through oral presentations and/or the preparation of short written notes. Learning skills: During the course, students will learn how to access the main information sources and databases at the European level, which could be used, autonomously, to study a wide variety of issues from different perspectives.
The first module will offer an in depth overview of the organization and functioning of EU institutions and EU political system. The second module will be devoted to the study of the most relevant theoretical approaches dealing with the European integration process and EU governance. Module III will then deal with the social dimension of the European Union, focusing on its main components and on the challenges arising from the process of economic integration.
Prerequisites for admission
Political Science is propaedeutic to this course.
Lectures and small group activities.
Moduli I and II: M. Brunazzo e V. Della Sala, La politica dell'Unione europea, Mondadori, 2019 (only chaptersi: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, Conclusioni) Module III: M. Ferrera, Rotta di collisione. Euro contro welfare, Laterza, 2016 (excluding ch. 2)
Readings and material for attending students may be subject to change. Prior notice will be given at the beginning of the course and on the course website.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will consist of a written test, combining multiple-choice questions (max 10) and open questions (max 6), aimed at assessing both empirical knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the European politico-institutional system and its social model. Open questions will allow as well to assess students' written communication skills.
The exam for attending students may be subject to slight changes. In that case, prior notice will be given at the beginning of the course.