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Democracy and the European Union

Course
EU1141
Bachelor’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-27612
Tuition
Full education cost: 10 875 SEK
First payment: 10 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Summary

This course focuses on the relationship between democracy and the EU by tracking the developments of the institutional structures within the union, the interactions between political parties and European politics, and the public opinion and voting behavior of European citizens at the EU level.

About

Over the last two decades, European integration has become increasingly politicized. Where public opinion on the European Union (EU) was once marked by its permissive consensus, the attitudes of EU citizens now often appear as a constraining dissensus on integration. Despite changes within the institutions of the EU, designed to enhance its representative legitimacy, and shifts in the way political parties interact with the EU, the organization still encounters criticisms of a ‘democratic deficit’. This course focuses on Institutions, processes, practices, and actors of the European Union.

You will learn about historical, cultural, social, and economic differences between and within EU member states that can have influence on European integration and democracy. The course also gives you deeper knowledge about the interactions between political parties, European politics, and the public opinion and voting behavior of European citizens.

During this course you will work independently and group-wise to analyze empirical information with the help of basic concepts regarding integration, political legitimacy, democratic representation, and political mobilization.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

General entrance requirements

Selection

Selection is based upon average grade from upper secondary school (34 %), the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits (33 %) and Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33 %).

After graduation

After finishing this course, you will have deeper knowledge about the relationship between democracy and the EU. You have learned how to define and describe basic concepts and analytical models regarding integration, political legitimacy, democratic representation, and political mobilization. The course also gives you practical skills how to present and argue for own analytical findings orally and in writing and to critically assess your own and others assignments.

Facilities

The Centre for European Studies is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg.

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