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DSPO 2520A - Decision-Making Process of the European Union: an insider's view (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This class has an innovative approach to European institutions and politics. Unlike a theoretical university presentation, the class aims to provide students, regardless of whether they have extensive knowledge of the subject, with a concrete overview of the daily functioning of European institutions and true ratios of power between all the stakeholders involved. Using numerous enlightening examples, some of which are unknown by the general public and the media, the aim of the course is to challenge misconceptions and preconceived ideas about Europe and to help students form their own points of view. It may occasionally call upon external speakers to debate with students and share their experience. Session 1: Does the European Union's decision-making process distance Europe from citizens? Session 2: Who really presides over the European Union? Session 3: Does the European Council still serve a purpose? Session 4: Does the European Commission constitute Europe's government? Session 5: Is the European Parliament a parliament like any other? Session 6: Is the European budget too high or too low? Session 7: Interest groups: information or influence? Session 8: Do national parliaments still have a role to play in the European Union? Session 9: Who has the most power in the Council: ministers or ambassadors? Session 10: Should we do away with linguistic diversity in European institutions? Session 11: Which European policies are truly effective? Session 12: For lack of filling its members with enthusiasm, can Europe still make its neighbours envious?


DULUC, François (Administrateur)

Course validation

For two thirds of the mark, students will submit a final paper. The paper will not exceed 4,000 words. For one third of the mark, students shall orally present a fact sheet. Marks may be increased or decreased, by up to one point, based on the student's diligence, regular attendance and involvement in classes.

Required reading

  • What is Europe up to?
  • Renaud Dehousse, Florence Deloche-Gaudez, Sophie Jacquot (Presses de Sciences Po)
  • Policy-making in the European Union
  • Helen Wallace (Oxford)