DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000060

EU Institutions and Administration

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Audronė Janužytė (audrone_januzyte@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Audronė Janužytė

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

Autumn and spring semesters

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The aim is to provide students with knowledge about: 1) political system of the EU (treaties, institutions, decision-making as well as participation of citizens in the process of decision-making); 2) the main institutions of the EU (the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers), the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Auditors); 3) features of political, economic, and defence integration and main aspects of enlargement of the EU; as well as 4) to develop critical attitudes toward executive politics of the EU.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Students (are expected to) have the following competences: 1) are able deepen their knowledge of political system of the EU; 2) are able to analyse, discuss, and think critically on structure, major actors, functions, and decision-making of main the EU institutions; and 3) to make presentation regarding the issues of executive politics of the EU.

The teaching / learning process is organized in lectures, seminars, problem posing, learning through interaction, discussions, debates, discourses, case, studies, individual assignments, presentations, peer review of colleagues outgiving, deliberation, individual research, e-learning in Moodle environment and excursions.

Students’ achievements are assessed using the 10-point grading scale on the basis of the criteria, methods, and procedures presented in Mykolas Romeris University Study Rules and Regulations. Assessment methods: questioning (frontal and individual), assessment of individual presentation.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introductory lecture.

2

2

2

Discussions

2. Ideas of the European integration after the Second World War. Political, economic, and military-defensive integration of Europe.

2

2

2

Problem posing; Peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment

3. Treaties of the European Community and the European Union (the Treaty of Paris (the European Cool and Steel Community), the Treaty of Rome (the European Economic Community), the Single European Act, the Treaty of Maastricht (the European Union), the Treaty of Amsterdam, the Treaty of Nice and the Treaty of Lisbon).

2

2

2

Reading scientific literature, e-learning in Moodle environment

4. The main institutions of the EU (the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers), the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the European Court of Auditors and other institutions (committees and agencies)): structure, major actors, functions, instruments and decision-making.

2

4

6

8

Reading scientific literature, e-learning in Moodle environment

5. The rights of the EU citizens and their participation in decision-making on the European level.

2

2

4

8

Reading scientific literature, e-learning in Moodle environment, case study

6. The common foreign and security policy. The European security and defence policy. The common security and defence policy.

2

2

4

8

Reading scientific literature, e-learning in Moodle environment, case study, discussion

7. Definition, concepts, and theories of the European integration. Enlargement of the European Community/Union: member-states. Candidate countries. Debates: what were challenges of the EU enlargement?

2

2

4

8

Reading scientific literature, e-learning in Moodle environment, case study, discussion

8. Challenges of the European solidarity: Euro-scepticism (the case study on Brexit), separatism, and crisis of refugees/migrants in Europe.Scenarios on the future of Europe.

2

2

4

8

Problem posing, case study; discussions

9. Seminar-excursion: Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania and the European Information Centre of the European Parliament in Lithuania.

4

4

4

Individual task for excursion

10. Seminar-excursion: Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania.

4

4

4

Individual task for excursion

11. Individual presentation and its discussion in a group.

12

12

24

the form of slides, questions posing, group discussion

Assessment

2

2

34

Examination (presentation)

Overall

16

32

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

40

In the process of subject training

Assessment: 40% – actively and constructively participates in discussions, formulate and answers questions, frames main problems and provides critical remarks and insights; 30% – participates in discussions, formulate and answers questions; 20% participates in discussions and answers questions; 10% – participates in discussions; 0% – hardly ever participates in discussions or has failed to attend more than 1/3 of the seminars.

Examination

60

At the end of subject training

The following aspects of the presentation are taken into consideration: Structure of the presentation is coherent and logical; the presentation is subdivided into introduction, development, and conclusions (earns up to 3 points); conceptualism of presentation (presentation is comprehensive and conclusions are supported with empirical findings and theoretical arguments (earns up to 3 points); Undelivered the presentation earns 0 points.