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Masters in Civil Society and Local Development at the Prishtina University
Sumer semester 2013

Institutional Framework of the EU (10 ECTS)


Prof. Dr. Arben Hajrullahu


University of Prishtina, Department of Political Science


Fourth Semester students of MA studies: Masters in Civil Society and
Local Development


This course aims at developing a critical understanding of the specificity
of EU institutional law and more especially of the composition and
competences of EU institutions and the EU decision-making process.
Reference is made to treaty-making, mixed agreements, major policy
areas of EU external relations, and decisions of the European
Commission. Moreover, this course aims to help students to deepen their
understanding into EU integration process, and to develop a critical
thinking about policy oriented and practical options of good governance
and political transparency in the EU and in the west Balkan region.

What is expected of Students?
Students will be expected to read, think, criticize, and form arguments.
That means that students must keep up in their reading assignments
and attend class regularly. Students must be fully prepared at all
times to discuss the readings and concepts from previous lectures.

Textbooks, readers, online sources (the main readings will be in
English, but some of them may be also in Albanian)
Combined interactive lectures, interactive seminar/tutorial style based
on case studies, guest speakers, final exam.

Course Requirements:
Participation; Preparation for the course; In-class presentation of the policy brief (*)
Written exam


The grade percentages are as follows:
58% or less failed
59 - 65 %
66 – 72 %
73 – 79 %
80 – 86 %
87% or greater

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(University text book in Albanian) South Easter European University-SEEU) . Michael Smith. EU citizenship.Simon Hix (2011 or 2005): The political system of European Union Further readings: .William Walters.Berthold (European Union's server)  http://eiop. The overall content of the course will provide knowledge on:         Fundamental principles of the EU law Institutional framework and decision making EU sources and law making The substantial law of the EU (fundamental  Discourse.Blerim  http://www.or. competition  http://www. Governmentality and European Integration Some online sources:  http://europa. Luís de Sousa (eds.Blerim Reka (2007): EU Constitution. The Rubicon of Supranational . Mark A. 2009): Institutional Challenges in PostConstitutional Europe Governing Change . 2007): The European Union's Roles in International Politics Concepts and Analysis .uk  http://www.Ole Elgströ Page 2 . Frank Schimmelfennig ( Pollack (2011 or 2005): Policy-Making in the European Union .at/erpa/ (European research papers Archive)  http://www.Catherine Moury.lse.Helen Wallace.euractiv.europeanvoice. Arta Ibrahimi (2004): European Studies. social policies) Political processes in the EU Fundamental rights in the EU Financial instruments of the EU Enlargement and EU neighbourhood policy Key Readings: . 2007): The Constitutionalization of the European Union . William Wallace.INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE EU Course Description: The course on Institutional Framework of EU has been structured with the overall objective to provide students the knowledge necessary to fully understand the most essential aspects of the process of European integration and its particular relevance for the regions in the EU / Thomas Poguntke (eds. Jens Henrik Haahr (2006): Governing Europe.php  http://www.

Mark A. it should be clear that every student in the group has contributed actively to the presentation and will take part in the class presentation. Page 3 . pp. Historical Background of the EU. Other Institutions and Community Bodies Readings: . Presentations should be prepared in Power Point. course requirements and outline Readings: - Syllabus Simon Hix (2005): The political system of European Union (Chapter 1. Mark A. Supporting information. Achievements and obstacles on the EU-integration process in your Western Balkan country of choice.Helen Wallace. Regional cooperation on the path of the EU-integration. pp. The Commission. 147-231 & 406-421) . Make sure that your presentation lasts no longer than 15 minutes for each student presenting. pp. 2.16. The European Parliament. In case you decide for a group presentation. Processes. pp. 377-456) (*) In-class presentation of a policy brief The in class presentation (in Albanian and/or in English) can be prepared alone or in a group of maximum three students. EU treaties and the concept of European Integration. You have been asked to brief the foreign minister on a particular issue/problem related to one of the topics: - Achievements and challenges related to rule of law and democratisation in your Western Balkan country of choice. Topics need to be approved by the class instructor via e-mail or in person.INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE EU SYLLABUS OUTLINE I. Pollack (2005): Policy-Making in the European Union (Part I: Institutions. Pollack (2005): Policy-Making in the European Union (Chapter 15. An "executive summary" of the problem. 1-23) II. 3. and neighbourhood policy. and Analytical Approaches.Simon Hix (2005): The political system of European Union (Part II: Politics. Introduction into topic.Helen Wallace. Enlargement. William Wallace. After you have chosen your topic you will need to include the following elements in your presentation: 1. William Wallace. Political Processes: Political System and processes of the EU Readings: . and 17. The Council. Please choose a topic for the presentation of a policy brief related to the class. This is your remit: Assume that you are a member of staff at the Ministry for EU-integration in a given Western Balkan country. 3-90) III. The institutions: The European Council. A set of policy options.

and justification for such recommendation/s. Reading Guidelines: When preparing your in-class presentation you may find it useful to check your comprehension of the reading against these study questions. Page 4 .INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE EU 4.     What is the author's purpose in writing this piece? What are the author's guiding questions? What concepts does the author emphasize? How are these concepts defined? What are the author's conclusions? Do they seem logical given the evidence provided? Would you draw different conclusions? Why or why not?  What questions remain unanswered? Plagiarism: All work and materials that you submit to the instructor for a grade must be your own work. Recommended option/options.