Course: Current Issues in European Integration

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Course title Current Issues in European Integration
Course code KPF/N023
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Belling Vojtěch, doc. JUDr. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Novotný Lukáš, Mgr. Ph.D. M.A.
Course content
I. Theory of European Integration 1) Introduction to the theory of European integration 2) Federalism 3) Neofunctionalism 4) Intergovernmentalism 5) Liberal Intergovernmentalism II. Current issues of European integration 6) Intergovernmental, Union and "Community" method of integration 7) The issue of the democratic and legitimacy deficit in the EU 8) The enlargement process and the question of "absorption capacity" of the EU 9) Changes in the method of governance in the EU as a consequence of economic crisis 10) Current call of European law and judicature of the Court of Justice of the European Union 11) The prospects of EU foreign policy

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The course will get students acquainted with the main theoretical awareness of European integration. Simultaneously, the course will be focused on linking of theoretical awareness of integration process and factual governance and functioning of international institutions. Subsequently, some of current issues related to the future of the integration process, discussed in contemporary theory, will be discussed in depth. The issue of democratic legitimacy in the context of transnational governance will be thematized, as well as theoretical concepts of postnational order.
Students will acquire the following academic knowledge: - is able to work with the basic concepts of supranational governance - is able to understand the basic principles of supranational institutions and their reflections - is able to understand the differences in the functioning of democratic institutions in different contexts - gain general knowledge of the main existing theoretical approaches to transnational integration process
Prerequisites
unspecified

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
To obtain an exam: students will defense their written work orally and answer the question in presented topics. Written work must have a minimum of 8 pages (15,000 characters, including spaces). It has to be based on the presented topics and at least on two texts (primary and secondary foreign language text). The topic will have to be approved by an examiner in advance.
Recommended literature
  • Drulák, P. Vývoj teorií evropské integrace´, in: Z. Veselý (vyd.), Geneze a současnost evropské integrace. Vědecký sborník Vysoké školy ekonomické v Praze. Praha, 2000.
  • Grimm, D. Does Europe need a Constitution?, in: Europeal Law Journal, 1, 1995, str. 282?302..
  • Haas, E. The Study of Regional Integration: Reflections on the Joy and Anguish of Pretheorizing, in: International Organization, 24, 1970, str. 607?646..
  • MAYER, F. C. - PALMOWSKI, J. European Identities and the EU ? The Ties that Bind the Peoples of Europe, in: Journal of Common Market Studies 42, 2004, str. 573?598.
  • MORAVCSIK, A.. Preferences and Power in the European Community: A Liberal Intergovernmentalist Approach, in: Journal of Common Market Studies, 31, 1993, str. 473?524..
  • TINNEVELT, R. - DE SCHUTTER, H.. Global Democracy and Exclusion. Oxford, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4443-3568-2.
  • WIENER, A. - DIEZ, T. European Integration Theory. Oxford, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-922609-2.
  • Zbíral. R. Evropský demos: utopie, skutečnost, či entita ve vývoji?, in: Právník 145, 2006, str. 471?480..


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Political Philosophy (A8) Social sciences - Winter
Faculty of Education Civic Education (A14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching of Social Sciences for Secondary Schools (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Political Philosophy (A14) Social sciences - Winter
Faculty of Arts Civic Education (A14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Civic Education (A14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching Social Sciences for Secondary Schools (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Teaching Social Sciences for Middle School (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Teaching Social Sciences for Middle School (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology - Winter