European Union Policies is a specialized mandatory course that is offered to 2nd year International Relations and European Union undergraduate students. The structure of the curriculum is divided into IR and EU Studies courses.
The course is divided into four modules: What are EU Policies? (8 hours), Theoretical approaches and instruments(16 hours), History and Evolution of EU Policies(16 hours), Case studies(16 hours) on the new member states(RO and Bulgaria).
In the first module, What are EU Policies? students are familiarized with the definition of public policies and their classification. The second module Theoretical approaches and instruments aims to introduce students to two types of approaches in the analysis of public policies: the Europeanization umbrella concept and the policy cycle process, which you will make use of in the case studies dedicated to RO and BG and in the context of the writing assignments; In the third module, History and Evolution of EU Policies, students are introduced to several instrumental policies, selected on the basis of several criteria: a. the competences exercised by the EU: exclusive competences(Monetary Union), shared competences(Cohesion Policy, Agricultural Policy, Environmental Policy,) and support competences(Educational and Cultural Policy). b. key policies of the European Union which have evolved considerably over time c. represent critical areas for the new member states; d. to prevent the overlapping with other courses offered in the curricula(e.g. Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, etc.). The last module of the course, Case studies on the new member states(Romania and Bulgaria) looks at the response of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU Policies discussed in the previous modules, by employing the problem-based learning approach.