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EU Policies - JTM288
Title: EU Policies
Guaranteed by: Department of European Studies (23-KZS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 15 / unknown (15)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences: data literacy
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JMM582
Last update: Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D. (11.09.2023)
This course engages with the policies and policymaking of the EU through both an examination of the theoretical underpinnings of policymaking and concrete studies of current policy issues. The course introduces students to the major theories of public policymaking and illustrates them in a seminar setting with examples from a range of policy areas.

The course focuses on environmental, energy, and agricultural policy that is discussed in three ways: (1) in the historical context of the European integration, (2) regarding recent and current challenges in the policy area, and (3) within the theoretical frameworks introduced at the beginning of the course.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D. (11.09.2023)

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical, empirical, and practical knowledge of EU policy-making in three chosen EU policies (environmental, energy, and agricultural). While the first third of the course is dedicated to the theoretical introduction, the second third elaborates on the empirical elements of policies, and the last section of the course is devoted to a simulation of policy-making in the Council of the EU.

Topics of the oral presentation for students will be determined at the first class. 

Course completion requirements
Last update: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (05.10.2023)


1. In-class activity 10 %

The students will be required to read mandatory texts for each class, except for the introductory one. The articles will be developed and discussed during the classes; students are expected to be active. Students are allowed a maximum of two (un)certified absences. More absences might be suspected to additional requirements.

 2. Oral presentation 20 %

Students will deliver an individual 15-20 minutes oral presentation[1] on a given topics during the classes n°3-8. The student delivers a handout of one page including resources to Moodle by Friday 8 AM before the class.

The oral presentation is classified by 20 points based on the followed evaluation criteria: factually correct (5 pts); key aspects of the topic captured (5 pts); a clear message supported by arguments (7 pts); formally OK (3 pts). Not delivering the handout by the indicated deadline is sanctioned with -1 point per each day, the same applies to exceeding max. time load for the presentation (every additional 2 minutes are sanctioned with -1 point).

 3. Simulation activity 20 %

Students are expected to prepare a position of a given EU MS (to be assigned) for the first simulation class (12.12.) and coalition position for the second simulation class (19.12.) and be active during the negotiations in classes (10%). Each student also delivers a reflection paper of 2-3 pages by January 31, 2024, to Moodle (10%). The reflection paper will discuss your personal experience with the simulation - did the simulation help you to better understand the EU policy-making process (the role of the Council of the EU, European Commission and/or of EU MS(s)? What did you learn about discussed policy? did the simulation help you in developing negotiation/presentation/argumentation skills? Not delivering the reflection paper by the indicated deadline is sanctioned with -1 point per each day of the delay.

4. Final essay 50 %

This is a paper of 10 NS (18,000 characteristics including spaces +/-10%) in which a student discusses an element of a European policy (preferably of agricultural, environmental, or energy policy discussed in the class) in the context of the theoretical and empirical academic literature.

 The paper is due on January 12, 2024 (Midnight). Your essay has to be submitted to the Moodle system. Late submissions of one day are sanctioned with -1 point and each day of delay is sanctioned with -3 points for each day of delay. To pass the course, you have to get at least 50%, i.e., 25 points.

 The final essay will be evaluated based on the following rubric:

Literature review + research question

max. 10 points

Number and quality of discussed literature (4);
Identification of gap in the literature (3);
Research question (RQ) (3).

Theoretical background

max. 8 points

Relevance of theoretical approach for the paper (4);
Discussion of main arguments, weak and strong points of the approach (4).

Analysis /methodology

max. 10 points

Relevance of methodology for the RQ (4);
Explanation of application and relevance of methodology approach (3);
Relevance of chosen resources (3).


max. 8 points

Coherence of the results with RQ (4);
Innovation of the empirical results (4).

Discussion + conclusion

max. 8 points

Contextualization of empirical results/RQ answer in the context of the academic literature (4);
Clear answer to RQ and summary of main results (4).


max. 6 points

Structure (2);
Flow of thoughts and arguments (2);
Adequate and formal language (2).

[1] The length of the oral presentation up to confirmed during the first class based on the number of registered students. 



  • 91% and more    =>       A
  • 81-90%             =>         B
  • 71-80%             =>         C
  • 61-70%             =>         D
  • 51-60%             =>         E
  • 0-50%                =>        F

Based on the Dean's Measure 20/2019:

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Teaching methods
Last update: Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D. (11.09.2023)

If not said otherwise, the classes are taken in person. 

Last update: Mgr. Eliška Ullrichová, Ph.D. (02.10.2023)

Schedule and topics of classes[1]

3. 10. Class n°1: Introduction to policy cycle, structural division of policy areas

No reading, no student presentation

10. 10. Class n°2: Main public policy theories: MSF, ACF, PET

Reading: Ackrill, R. and Kay, A. (2011) ʻMultiple Streams in EU Policy-Making: The Case of the 2005 Sugar Reform.ʼ  Journal of European Public Policy 18(1): pp. 72-89.

No student presentation

17. 10. Class n°3: Common agricultural policy (CAP): Historical development

Reading:  Alons, G. and Zwaan, P. (2018) ʻThe Common Agricultural Policy: Common dynamics of policy change in an uncommon policy domain.ʼ In Zahariadis, N. and Buonanno, L. (eds) The Routledge Handbook on European Public Policy (London: Routledge), pp. 265-273. 

Student presentation n°1: United Kingdom and CAP: From entry ECs and Rabat to Brexit

Student presentation n°2: France and CAP: Stability vs. change of policy priorities from the beginning of ECs to the 21st century

24. 10. Class n°4: CAP: Success, problems, and challenges

Reading: Alons, G. (2017) ʻEnvironmental policy integration in the EU’s common agricultural policy: greening or greenwashing?ʻ Journal of European Public Policy 24(11), pp. 1604-1622. 

Student presentation n°1: The 2003 CAP reform

Student presentation n°2: Climate change policy and CAP

31. 10.  Class n°5: Common fisheries policy (CFP): Historical development

Reading: Wakefield, J. (2016) ʻIntrodution.ʼ In Wakefiled, J. Reforming the Common Fisheries Policy (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgard Publishing), pp. 1-26.

Student presentation n°1: Cod Wars and its impact on UK/EU fisheries policy

Student presentation n°2: Cherbourg incident

7. 11. Class n°5: CFP: Success, problems, and challenges

Reading: Khalilian, S., Froese, R., Proelss, A. and Requate, T. (2010) ʻDesigned for failure: A critique of the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union.ʼ Marine Policy (34), pp. 1178-1182. 

Student presentation n°1: The 2013 CFP reform

Student presentation n°2: Brexit fish wars

14.11. Class n°5: Environmental policy: Historical development

Reading: Tosun, J. (2018) ʻEU Policy on the Environment.ʼ In Zahariadis, N. and Buonanno, L. (eds) The Routledge Handbook on European Public Policy (London: Routledge), pp. 265-273. 

Student presentation n°1: Club of Rome and follow-up in EU policy-making

Student presentation n°2: Seveso accident and impact on EU policies

21. 11.  Class n°6: Environmental policy: Success, problems, and challenges

Reading: Oberhur, S. and von Homeyer, I. (2022) ʻFrom Emission Trading to the European Green Deal: The Evolution of the Climate Policy Mix and Climate Policy Integration in the EU.ʼ Journal of European Public Policy 30 (3), pp. 445-468.

Student presentation n°1: ETS: establishment, development and principle

Student presentation n°2: From green Parliament to green Commission: change of role or creation of the coalition?

28.11. Class n°9: Energy policy: Historical development

Reading: Mišík, M., Oravcová, V. and Plenta, P. (2022)  ʻThe European Union´s Energy Policy: From Market Liberalisation to Convergence with Climate Policy.ʼ  In Hoerber, T., Weber, G. and Cabras, I. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of European Integrations (London: Routledge), pp. 315-330.

Student presentation n°1: Gas crisis of 2009

Student presentation n°2: Energy Union: establishing, principles, problems

5.12.  Class n°10: Energy policy: Success, problems, and challenges

Reading: Kuzemko, C. et al. (2022) ʻRussia's War on Ukraine, European Energy Policy Responses & Implications for Sustainable Transformations.ʼ Energy Research & Social Science 93, pp. 1-8.

Student presentation n°1: Nuclear energy as a green source? 

Student presentation n°2: Hydrogen as a new energy source: strong and weak points

12. 12. Class n°11: Simulation of the Council of the EU I (E. Ullrichová + Z. Krulichová)

19. 12. Class n°12: Simulation of the Council of the EU II (E. Ullrichová + Z. Krulichová)

[1] If not said otherwise, classes are held in-class.

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