Basics of European Union
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Euroopa Liidu põhikursus
Course title in English
Basics of European Union
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Catlyn Kirna (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
Benjamin Klasche (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn 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.

Catlyn Kirna
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.