European Institutions


This course aims to help students understand how the European Union works and give them the skills to analyze political and economic decisions made on a European level. The teacher will be explaining who the main European Union players and institutions are, what their roles are, their competences and powers, and how they have evolved since European communities were created so that students may understand the mechanisms that explain this evolution.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Catherine Bernadette Yvonne Moury


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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- J. PETERSON & M. SHACKLETON. The Institutions of the European Union. Oxford, OUP, 2006 (todos os capítulos).
Os estudantes deverão também ter lido o caderno de textos fornecido pela professora acerca do funcionamento da União Europeia, disponível no Moodle.

Teaching method

The teaching method used will include and foster a general and multidisciplinary debate among all students. Each student will make two simple and brief (five-minute) presentations over the semester. As well as participating actively in class, students must write and hand in a project, the first version of which will be presented to the whole class during the semester.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Introduction
2. Introduction to how the EU works
3. Institutional changes since the Treaty of Rome
4. The main European institutions, their composition, functions, competences and informal powers
5.How the European Union works
6.Simulation of a Council of Ministers meeting
7. Presentations