European Union: Politics, Policies and Governance (POLS 492)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
Senem Aydın Düzgit,
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SPS101 SPS102
Interactive lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Discussion based learning
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This course aims to provide the students with a basic understanding of the European Union. The course will give an evolution of the idea of European unity through a neo-functionalist framework. The main focus of the course is on the emergence of the European Union and its institutions in a historical framework. The ultimate objective is to furnish students with the comprehension that the state is going through a major transformation in Europe due to the process of European integration.


This course aims to provide the students with a basic understanding of the process of European integration and the European Union.


  • list the theories of European integration understand the process of integration from 1945 onwards identify the obstacles in integration trace the evolution of European integration apply different theories of integration to explain critical developments in the EU assess the common policies in the EU


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5

2. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 5

3. Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 5

4. Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5

1. To analyze national and global events from various social science perspectives. 5

2. To demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge on political science and international relations and to state views and positions with advanced oral and written skills. 5

3. To compete for increasing career opportunities in national and global institutions. 5

4. To (be able to) understand and follow the changes in political behaviours, opinions and structures. 4

5. To gain the ability to make logical inferences on social and political issues based on comparative and historical knowledge. 5

1. Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 4

2. Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 60
Midterm 30
Participation 10



Neil Nugent. The government and politics of the European Union, 8th edn., Palgrave, 2017
Daniel Kenealy et. al (eds.) The European Union: How Does It Work?. Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2015
Simon Hix and Bjorn Hoyland, The Political System of the EU, Palgrave, 3rd edition, 2011; Ben Rosamond, Theories of European Integration, Palgrave, 2000.