DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000067

Eastward Enlargement of the European Union

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (http://vsotirovic.home.mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Bachelor

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on history of the European Union

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 aims and purpose of this course are: 1. to provide the students with theoretical and empirical understanding of the process of recent eastward enlargement of the European Union, its present as well as possible future consequences based on the key studies of the East European countries and nations, and 2. to provide the students with basic competence to deal with different political, social, legal and economic problems concerning the question of eastward enlargement of the European Union

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

• To be able to understand the process and characteristics of the eastward enlargement of the European Union. • To be able to present and discuss scientific research results upon studies on eastward enlargement of the European Union • By analyzing the policy and process of the EU eastward enlargement to be able to explain how this process was historically going on and what are the results with the future perspectives • To be able to analyze a case study by individual or group work • To be able to choose an adequate research strategy and methods • To be able to do case study and political problem analyze • To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence

Lectures, seminars, formulation of the problem questions Learning to cooperate and discuss Presentations Independent studies Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work Learning and organization work at the Moodle electronic-study system Problem learning Co-operative learning method

Students’ work achievement is evaluated within the framework of the 10 point scale following publically announced assessment criteria, methods and procedure by the Mykolas Romeris University. Assessment methods – examination (frontal, individual), individual presentation evaluation and the integral test of theoretical and practical knowledge


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Unification of Europe and eastward enlargement of the European Union

Critical overview of the main phases and characteristics of the EU enlargement towards east. Security in the EU eastward enlargement and problems of unbalanced developments between “western” and “eastern” EU member states.

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

2. European Union’s politics towards Belarus
Relations between European Union and Republic of Belarus. Belarus identity, historical, political and economic developments. Belarus possibility to join the EU.

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

3. Identity and national state building in Ukraine

The main features of historical development of Ukraine identity and nation building. Ukraine between the EU and Russia.
The EU relations with Ukraine within a framework of the EU eastern neighborhood policy. Possibility of Ukraine to join the EU.

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

4. Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria

Historical development, political systems and national identity of Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria. Civil society and development of democracy in Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria. The problem of Transnistria. Romanian and Bulgarian paths towards the EU membership. Moldovan possibility to join the EU.

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

5. Cyprus, Greece and Turkey

Historical, economic, political and culturalfeatures of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. Greece’s and Cyprus’ roads to the EU membership. Greece, Turkey and the Cyprus conflict. Possibilities of Turkey to join the EU. Kurdish and other minority protection problems in Turkey

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

6. The successor states of ex-Yugoslavia

Different paths towards EU membership and cooperation with the EU by different successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Dissolution of ex-Yugoslavia, Yugoslav civil war (1991-1995) and the EU. EULEX mission in Kosovo and different policies by the EU member states on the question of Kosovo crisis and Kosovo state independence

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

8

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

7. Eastward enlargement of the EU: results and consequences

Common conclusions on the results and political and economic consequences of the EU eastward enlargement policy from 1993 up today. Debates on the future EU eastward enlargement and its benefits for the EU member states

6

0

4

0

0

0

0

10

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

8. Exam

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

42

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

30

0

18

0

0

0

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Examination

50

Session period

The test consists of open and closed questions (varying difficulties, from understanding to evaluation), each question is worth one point. Assessment: 5: Excellent knowledge and skills. 45-50% of correct answers. 4: Good knowledge and skills; may be minor errors. 35-44% of correct answers. 3: Average knowledge and skills; there are errors. 25-34% of correct answers. 2: Knowledge and skills are below average; there are (basic) errors. 15-24% of correct answers. 1: Knowledge and skills to satisfy the minimum requirements; lots of errors. 5-14% of correct answers. 0: Does not meet minimum requirements. 0-4% of correct answers.

Report

30

Semester period

Assessment: The structure of presentation (evaluation criteria: clear and consistent layout (introduction, body and conclusion)) up to 1 point; Conceptualism of presentation (evaluation criteria: complete and reasonable disclosure of the chosen topic) up to 2 points; Failure to deliver presentation - 0 points.

Tasks

20

Semester period

20% - to actively and constructively participate in discussions, to answer questions, to formulate problems and issues, to provide critical comments; 10% - to participate in the debate, to answer to frequently asked questions; 0% - almost does not participate in the discussion or spent more than 1/3 of the seminars.