Jean Monnet open online course of European integration: social policies

Should the EU be more open to migrants? Is the freedom of movement of people a good thing for the economic development of eastern Europe? Is "investing" in people ethical? Should the EU spend more on education? Should there be an EU-wide unemployment benefit? These questions highlight underlying conflicts that are crucial for the future of the European Union. These questions highlight underlying conflicts that are crucial for the future of the European Union. This course offers a general introduction to the European Union and European integration, its conflicts, institutions and policies. It will pay special attention to social policies and their effect of cohesion.

The course is divided in three parts. The first part offers an overview of what the EU is and what it does in the different policy fields (economic, social, and foreign policies). The second part focuses on social policies such as regional, agricultural, or employment policies, and places the underlying debates in the context of European Union cohesion. Finally, the third part will analize the institutions, politics, and policy-making of the EU, and how they deal with conflict and build consensus.

This course is especially aimed at students and teachers that are not generally exposed to EU studies, either because of the topic of their studies (e.g. tourism, finance, journalism, agriculture) or because of their country of origin (e.g. EU Neighbourhood and other third countries). It is open to the partners of the EUROSCI Network, who will offer credit to their students at their respective universities. In addition to the course leader, students will have a contact person at their home universities that will gather them weekly for lectures or seminars, and offer information and general assistance related to the course. The final certificate of the course will be co-signed by representatives of the participating universities of the Network.

Payment required

You must pay fees for this course.
The courses will make extensive use of Information and Communication Technologies and Open Educational Resources. The courses will be taught online and will consist of synchronous lectures and webinars, and asynchronous online discussions. All the lectures will be public, broadcast live, and recorded for future reference, whereas the webinars and online-only discussions will be restricted to the course participants. After the end of the project there will be three playlists available on YouTube, each of them including the 14 public lectures of each of the editions of the course.
PART I: 1. What is the European Union? 2. The idea of Europe and the evolution of the EU. 3. The single market, the euro, and other efficiency policies: competition, transport, environment, fisheries. 4. The EU budget and redistributive policies: common agricultural policy, regional policy, social policy. 5. External relations: trade, development, security, and other foreign policies. PART II: 6. Regional policy. 7. Agricultural policy. 8. Employment policy. 9. Education policy. 10. Other social policies. PART III: 11. EU policy making. Legislative, executive and judicial politics: agendas and vetoes, principals and agents. 12. The citizen connection: public opinion, elections and interest representation in the EU. 13. The theory of clubs: deepening and widening, enlargement and cohesion. 14. Exit, voice and loyalty: treaty negotiation, multi-speed Europe, and constitutional reform.
Indicative reading: 
Essential reading: El-Agraa, A. (2015). The European Union Illuminated: Its Nature, Importance and Future. Palgrave Macmillan; McCormick, J. (2014). Understanding the European Union: a concise introduction. Palgrave Macmillan. Anderson, K. (2015). Social policy in the European Union. Palgrave. Further reading: Cini, M., & Solórzano Borragán, N. P. (2016). European Union politics. Oxford University Press; Hix, Simon and Hoyland, Bjorn (2011) The political system of the European Union. 3rd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.
Live dates: 
Tuesday, 1 September, 2020 to Tuesday, 31 August, 2021