Ever since the start of the financial crisis in 2008 the European Union has been facing a wide variety of challenges that according to many threaten its very existence: the financial crisis, migration crisis, Brexit, and rule of law issues in Poland and Hungary. More than ever it becomes clear that national politics and EU politics are interconnected, with national events and politics affecting policy-making in the EU and EU-decisions affecting politics in the EU member states. As the EU is moving from the age of a permissive consensus to an era of binding dissensus (Luuk van Middelaar), and has as a result become as politicized as domestic political systems.

European Union Politics introduces students to the historical emergence of the EU as a political entity and to its actual functioning. In addition to giving students a scholarly understanding of the EU, the course teaches students to navigate the EU, through the use of many interactive exercises, that require searching, reading and analyzing EU documents from a variety of institutions. Class activities are varied and seek to minimize formal lecturing through a combination of spoken columns followed by debate, EU in the news presentations, and student organized capita selecta sessions based upon themes selected in consultation with the class.
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