Irene Sacristan Sanchez
The Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, represents the most recent major development in the process of European integration. It brings significant innovations to the functioning of the institutions and the decision-making mechanisms, and gives a new impetus to EU policies in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Against the backdrop of the new Treaty, the course will analyze the current state of European integration, and in particular: the deepening of integration through the Treaty reform process; the current composition and roles of the EU institutions and the institutional and political balances after Lisbon; the operation of the political, policy and legislative processes. The last part of the course will focus on concrete policy areas which stand out as current and future priorities for the EU, such as the renewed economic agenda, climate change, or the role of the EU in the world.
Student learning goals
Students will gain understanding of how European integration has developed over time and in particular of the changes taking effect as a result of the Lisbon Treaty.
They will obtain practical knowledge of how the EU institutions work with each other and with external actors for the development of EU policies, as well as up-to-date knowledge of the policy priorities which will be pursued in the post-Lisbon agenda, and the different policy models that apply to them.
General method of instruction
This is a seminar-style course which will combine lectures with class discussion and presentations by students. It will concentrate on the concrete workings of the EU and to this effect it will make use of EU official documents and draw on the insider knowledge of the instructor, an official of the European Commission with direct experience of policy-making and inter-institutional negotiation.
Some previous background on EU politics or governance is desirable, but not required.
During the course, students will be expected to keep up with required readings and to contribute actively to class discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Grading will be based on participation in class discussion (20%), one presentation in class based on a reading response brief (15%), a take-home mid-term exam (30%) and a final paper of 8-10 pages (35%).