Basics of European Union
Course code
RIE6006.YK
old course code
RIE6006
Course title in Estonian
Euroopa Liidu põhikursus
Course title in English
Basics of European Union
ECTS credits
4.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
spring
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
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.
Independent work
Individual work comprises in an essay and preparing for the course exam.
Learning outcomes in the course
Student will learn the formulation process and historic development of European Union. 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. Understanding the position of Estonia as a member of European Union.
Assessment methods
An essay and the written examination.

Teacher
Catlyn Kirna
Study literature
Kohustuslik kirjandus on eelkõige
Euroopa Liidu eestikeelne veebileht: http://europa.eu/index_et.htm
Lisaks erinevaid teemakohaseid materjale kursuse Moodle pesas.
John McCormick (2014). Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction. Houndmills, New York: PalgraveMacmillan.
Replacement literature
Loenguid asendavad mitmed erinevad materjalid Moodle pesas. Mõningad raamatud (kättesaadaval ka mujal)
• Handbook on the European Union, 2007, Budapest
• Policy-making in the European Union, 2010 Oxford
• Euroopa Ühendamise Lugu, 2004, Tallinn
Lisaks Euroopa Liidu enda kodulehed.