European Policies


This class aims to provide to students a sound understanding of the policies of the EU, theoretically and practically. The course will cover major EU policy areas, as well as exploring the main theories of EU decision-making. It will finally address the role of public opinion, political parties and interest representation in EU decision-making. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to fully understand, conceptually and practically, the policies adopted by the European Union, and the role of the EU in shaping national policies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Catherine Bernadette Yvonne Moury


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



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- Wallace, H.; Pollack, M., and Young, A. Policy-Making in the EU, Oxford University Press, sixth edition.
- El-Agraa, Ali M. The European Union: Economics and Policies, Cambridge University Press, Ninth edition.

Teaching method

This class follows a mix format. The first part of the class will be a lecture, while the second half would follow the seminar format. This means that the class requires students to read material, think about what they have read, and regularly talk and write about their understanding of the readings.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

the course will be divided into three units. A first unit will adress the main theories of EU decision-making, while a second will account for the role of diverse actors (public opinion, interest groups, political parties) in influencing EU legislation and implementation. A third – and longer- unit will focus on the major EU policies (single market, CAP, cohesion policy, EMU, Justice and Home affairs, External Affairs, etc.). Students are expected to make text presentation during the class, and to present (individually or by group) a specific EU policy decision.


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