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Ole Tougaard
EURO 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

The instructor, a visiting EU Fellow at the Jackson School of International Studies, has been a European Commission official for more than 30 years. He has a broad experience in EU policy focusing on fisheries, agriculture, trade and the EU’s international relations. The course seeks to provide students with a good understanding of the historical origins of the European Union, explaining the successive steps in the development of the EU into its contemporary form. It additionally provides an overview of major EU bodies, an understanding of the role and functioning of European institutions being essential to appreciating the impact the Union has on the daily lives of EU citizens. The course also addresses specific policy issues vital to the functioning of the Union inter alia such as: - the politics of the EU budget - the single market - agriculture and fisheries policies - regional policy - environmental policy - future enlargement of the Union The course will also offer a simulation exercise in international negotiations focusing on EU policymaking. On all course subject matters, the instructor will seek to go “behind the curtain” to explain what is really happening in the EU policymaking and legislative process.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course is based on a mixture of lectures and seminars combined with a generous provision for class discussions. The instructor will provide an overview of each course topic, after which students are expected to take a vigorous role in presenting and discussing the fundamental issues at stake.

Recommended preparation

Students are expected to keep up with each week’s required readings and to participate actively in class activities.

Class assignments and grading

Full participation in discussions and class presentations; mid-term and final papers will be assigned.

The Grades will be assigned on the basis of the criteria mentioned above


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Phillip R. Shekleton
Date: 02/07/2006