The aim of the course is to give a systematic overview of the formation of the EU, the objective and subjective facts having determined that. To offer a basic knowledge of the principles of the EU institutions set-up, procedures, the decision-making process and the main policy subjects, also of EU enlargement, Estonian integration to the EU and the problems arising from that. Passing the subject will help students understand conditional circumstances of Estonia’s entering into the EU and the consequences of that to Estonian domestic decision-making process, political, economic life and civil society.
Brief description of the course
European integration since the WW II and the creation of EU. Aims of the EU. Institutional regulation and principles of operating (including the basics of the legal system, treaties and the decision making process). The course covers the main fields of EU policies: economic, regional, social, environmental, educational and common agricultural, foreign and security policies. EU enlargement and accession negotiations. Estonian integration into the EU.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- learns the formulation process and historic development of European Union;
- has the notion of transnational/supranational European Union. Understanding the institutions and institutional system of European Union, knowledge and understanding of main policy fields of European Union and the understanding the position of Estonia as a member of European Union.