EPO33 Evolution and Governance of the European Union


Module code: EPO33

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

3rd or 4th

Language: Greek

Module general description:

Learning Outcomes: On the successful completion of ΕΠΟ33, students are expected to develop abilities to recognize and analyze with an interdisciplinary and critical approach,
1) The changing concept of "Europe" and the basic dimensions of the creation and development of the EU (EC, EEC in the past) of 27 and soon 28 member states, the construction of European Economic Space, the European Neighbourhood Policy, changes and hierarchies of borders, distinctions between the EU, the Eurozone, and other subdivisions in different periods, as well as their cultural impact in the meaning of nation state, citizenship, cultural identity and cosmopolitanism in the course of unification since the past century.
2) The composition and the impact of consecutive accessions and the transitions and transformations of European cultures created by them, as well as the uniqueness of the European unification venture, which constitutes a particular form of cooperation among nation states, common organization of institutional frameworks, and development of policies, which constitutes a unique contribution of European culture.
3) The current dynamics of the broader European space and the europeanix=zation process as a controversial cultural venture, in juxtaposition with cultural particularities of each nation state in the framework of more general trends developing during the unification process. The EU includes different, sometimes contradictory, cultural discourses, which are imprinted in institutional organization on the one hand, and difference among civil societies on the other, which students of ΕΠΟ33 are led to understand.
4) The political and institutional dimensions of European culture wherein the phenomenon of European unification transformed policy and diplomacy as well as economic, social and cultural life in Europe: the structure, institutional composition and policies of the contemporary EU of the 27 member states, oriented towards modernity as a culture and system of institutions and practices developed by social and political agents, as well as the establishment of a peculiar directorate within the EU under the hegemony of neoliberalism, which is conducive to and unable to manage the crisis during the 21st century.

Subjects covered:
1. The postwar formation of the European Communities and their development
2. Formation of Institutions, policies and successive expansions until today

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of four written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available