Course description

The EU component offers a broad understanding on the role and evolution of the European Union as an important actor in international politics, from the set-up of the European Economic Communities to the changes brought by the Lisbon Treaty and beyond. Thus, students attend in the first year of their studies introductory courses like The History of European Integration or Introduction to EU Studies and transition to specialized and more in depth courses like Institutions and EU decision-making or Multi-level governance in the EU. These disciplines aim to familiarize the students with the historical evolution of the European Union and provide at the same time knowledge on the theoretical approaches to the EU and political aspects and implications of EU decision-making. As the courses are meant to complement each other, the European Union Policies is part of the specialized course package and it connects with the knowledge acquired in the courses studied in the first and second year, by offering more in depth knowledge on the development on European policies, policy instruments, theoretical approaches and case studies on Romania and Bulgaria and their performance in the last 10 years of EU membership.