Početna Undergraduate StudiesSocial Policy and Social WorkFourth year of studies – Social PolicyPolitical System of the European Union

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Political System of the European Union

  • Study programme/study programmes: Social Policy and Social Work – module Social Policy
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Political System of the European Union
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Slobodan J. Samardžić, exercise by Zoran I. Čupić, MA, Assistant
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, seminar paper
  • Number of classes: 3+2

Aim and outcome of the course

Within this course, students shall get introduced with the basic features of the European Union as a specific system of public administration. The subject matter shall be the European Union as a complex system of decision-making and implementation of the decisions in the function of citizens, interest groups and associations, as well as of member states of this specific alliance. Students shall become acquainted with the nature of this political creation, its institutions, as well as with political process unfolding within its institutions and by means thereof. The course shall encompass all key aspects of this political system – its “social” basis and interest representation system, its political actors and the manner of their action, its institutions and rules of functioning and, finally, the manner of taking and carrying out decisions in complex network of interests, influences, powers, rules and institutions.

Having in mind that this is a course common for all four departments of the Faculty, it must satisfy their basic need for knowledge that would be complementary to their studying of science on political system in the previous period of studies. On the other hand, study profiles of each individual department should enjoy their specific benefits from this course. The European Union is indispensable in contemporary studies of political science, regardless the actual specialization. The aim of the course is that at the end of studies student is to have a solid knowledge of structure, institutions and the manner of functioning of the European Union, no matter whether he/she shall meet this or similar subject matter in further studies.

Particularly for the students of international studies, this course shall represent the foundation and the beginning of studying the European Union, having in mind that in subsequent years of study they shall continue to meet this phenomenon either in other complementary study programs (courses) or in the courses that shall deepen the knowledge obtained within the framework of the Political System of the EU.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Science on the political system and the system of governance in the EU, Integration, common policy, cooperation; principles and rules of public policy in a multidimensional system of governance, Distribution of competences and branch division of power in the EU system of governance, Political actors: citizens, interest groups, political parties, public opinion, public officials, national bureaucracy, Eurocracy, Institutions of the EU 1; general overview; institutions of interstate character, The EU institutions II: institutions of supranational character, The EU institutions III: professional agencies and institutions, Political process I; decision-making; legislative policy of the EU, Political process II; implementation of decisions; executive policy of the EU, Political process III; control of decisions; judicial policy of the EU
Political process IV; taking and carrying out of decisions in the field of common policy and cooperation (the 2nd and 3rd pillar)
Interest representation in the EU: economic associations, trade unions, territorial interests (regions and local communities),
Electoral process and the problem of democracy

Practical teaching: Exercise, Other modes of teaching, Study research work

а) basic:
1. Sajmon Hiks, Politički sistem Evropske unije, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade 2007, pp. 1-235, 344-414
b) additional:
2. Slobodan Samardžić, Evropska unija kao model nadnacionalne zajednice, IES, Belgrade, 1998
3. Sandro Goci, Evropska vlada, BmG, Belgrade, 2003
4. Žan-Klod Zarka, Osnovi institucija Evropske unije, Institut G17, Belgrade 2004
5. Aleksandra Čavoški, Pravni i politički poredak Evropske unije, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2006
6. Dušan Siđanski, Federalistička budućnost Evrope, Prosveta, Belgrade, 1996

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 20
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 50