EU Politics and Policy Decision-Making - JSM736
Title: EU Politics and Policy Decision-Making
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:written
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (15)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English, Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Emilija Tudjarovska Gjorgjievska, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Emilija Tudjarovska Gjorgjievska, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
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Course title: EU Politics and policy decision-making

Study program: MSc Programs Public and Social Policy (VSP)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Scope of instruction: 1/1 (lectures/seminars)

Credits available: 6 credits

Course number: JSM736, Spring Term 2023/2024

Time and place: Wednesday, 14.00-15.20 (Lectures/Seminars): Room: B216


Lectures and Seminars:

Head of Lectures and Seminar classes:

Dr. Emilija Tudzarovska:              


Consultations (Wednesdays 15:20-16.00) to be booked beforehand via e-mail.

Seminar class language of instruction is English.

Goals of instruction:

The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge of students of the EU politics and policy-decision making, from the aspect of actors, institutions and policy-making cycle. The goal of this course is to understand the functioning of the EU, the decision-making processes and the process of politicization taking place on nation-state level. This course also aims to explore the current democratic challenges, the role of politics in contemporary EU and the role of the EU member states, from the perspective of: representative democracies, institutions and actors involved in the policy making (legitimatization and politicization), in the aim to understand the functioning of the EU.


Main Objectives:

The course will introduce students to the functioning of the European Union and the actors and institutions involve in the policy decision-making cycles. It will also introduce the students with broader understanding of the concept of liberal democracies and the challenges introduced to the policy-making both on EU and nation-state level. Preparatory readings will include contributions from EU integration theories, public policy, political theory and comparative politics.


This course is designed to help students acquire general knowledge about the EU politics and policy decision-making processes, taking into account internal dimension (nation-states; political systems; sovereignty) and external dimension (liberal market economies; EU Institutional design; neo-liberal ideology). After completion of this course, students should be able to:

-         Know about the EU contemporary politics and decision-making processes taking place on supra-national and national level; Learning about neo-liberal concept and transformations of capitalist societies;

-         Learn about the key challenges to liberal market democracies and its impact on EU politics and policy decision-making;

-         Engage in critical thinking and studying about the contemporary EU affairs, i.e. engagement with contemporary scholarly discussion on the EU politics and the role of the states in the global political and economic affairs;

Registration prerequisites:

The course is offered to students of the Bachelor studies of Public and Social Policy (Veřejná a sociální politika) and and for international visiting students (e.g., Erasmus students) enrolled in Bachelor at Charles University.

Conditions for passing:

Students shall be admitted to the written examination for this course (in English) if they have been sufficiently graded for their performance in lectures and seminars, and if they have elaborated and submitted a final written assignment (in English) on an agreed topic. The topic shall be based on prior consultations with head of the course.

Student’s performance in lectures will be evaluated as follows:

Students should submit written papers/assignment on questions associated with the topics of the lectures prior taking the final written examination. Answers should be e-mailed to the Head of Lectures/Seminars classes: Dr. Emilija Tudzarovska ( Answers to written papers/assignments (up to 5,000 characters, spaces included) will be evaluated as per the given Table 1.  


The final written examination will take form of a (critical review) essay (up to 16,000 characters) on a question(s) as per the given lectures.


For student’s performance in seminars consult seminar syllabus.

Table 1: Points can be earned in the following ways:




Student’s performance in lectures



Student’s performance in seminars



Final written assignment



Written examination









Table 2: Final grading shall be based on the following formula (provided the student earns at least the minimum number of points for each particular item – consult Table 1):


Final point score


91 or more


Excellent (výtečně)



Very Good (velmi dobře)



Good (dobře)



Satisfactorily (uspokojivě)



Sufficiently (dostatečně)

50 or less


Fail (nedostatečně)

N. B.:

-         Sources shall be credited in line with the latest version of the ISO 690 standard. No form of plagiarism is tolerated at the Charles University. Any instances of plagiarism shall be discussed by the Disciplinary Board and, eventually, the Dean.

-         The final written assignment shall be submitted to the mentor in a sufficient quality and approved by her (via e-mail or hand written), as a condition of enrolment for the written examination.


Time:   Wednesdays: 14.00-15.20 a.m. (Lectures) and (Seminars):

             Time can be subject to change.





28 Feb.



Lecture #1

Introduction to the course, lectures and seminars.

Students will form seminar groups.

Introduction to EU politics and decision-making processes

(EU Institutions; actors; authorities and competences)


6 March



Lecture #2

The theoretical approach in studying the EU politics (EU integration theories; political theory; public policy; comparative politics)


13 March




Seminar #1

Joint discussion on selected topic on EU decision-making. (Recommended structure of papers, and basic rules of crediting sources; reading materials


20 March



Lecture #3

The EU project and the liberal market economy (actors and nation-state transformation)


27 March



Seminar #2

PWP Presentations on general topic The key actors and institutions of the EU politics and decision-making processes”. Joint discussion on selected topic/media article etc.


3 April



Seminar #3

PWP Presentations on general topic “The key challenges to the EU project from contemporary aspect. Joint discussion on selected topic based on lecture #3/Journal or/and media article


10 April



Lecture #4

Technocracy and politicization in contemporary EU (actors and institutions: national parliaments; political parties; constitutional Courts)


17 April



Seminar #4

Group discussion on selected media articles/topic: EU decision-making on the Rule of Law


24 April



Lecture #5

Learning from EU crises (migration/refugee crisis: actors; agreements; decision-making processes);

Selected course leader´s presentation.


02 May



Seminar #5

PWP Presentations on general topic “Contemporary challenges of the nation-state policy-making” on selected cases.

Paper-drafts submitted to course leader. Discussion on the elaboration of the final written assignments.


9 May





Discussion of submitted drafts/preparation for the final written exam

Basic sources in English

Bickerton, C. (2012). EU Integration: from Nation States to Member States. (217 pp)/selected chapters; Oxford University Press;

Lord, C. ed. (2015). A different kind of democracy? Debates about democracy and the European Union; Open Society Foundations.

Schmidt, A. V. (2020). Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy, Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (384 pp)/selected chapters;

Jones E., Menon, A., Weatherill, S., (2014). The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (924pp)/selected chapters;

White, J. (2024). Technocratic myopia: On the pitfalls of depoliticising the future. European Journal of Social Theory, p. 1-19


Additional literature/chapters:

Bickerton, C. (2016). The European Union: A Citizen's Guide (Pelican Books)

Coman, R. (2017). The EU’s struggle for rule of law pre-and post-accession. Central and Eastern Europe. The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research;

Rothstein, S. (2023) Transnational governance of digital transformation: financing innovation in Europe’s periphery, New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2023.2240236

Tudzarovska, Emilja. (2021). ‘Legitimation strategies and national parliaments: the case of anti-corruption’, in Lord,C., Bursens, P., Bièvre, D., and Wessel, R. A. in Legitimacy Recovered? The Politics of Legitimation in the European Union  Routledge



Notes on reading

·        Students are expected to follow the media covering policy problems on an ongoing basis.

·        Further reading list/selection can be submitted during the course.


Internet sources

European Union:

European Council:

European Commission:

European Parliament :

European Parliament Think Tank :


Eurostat :

Eurobarometer :

The European Social Survey :

Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) : The Economist:

EU Observer:


Financial Times:

Last update: Vojanová Jana (28.05.2024)