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Syllabus Study Trip to the EU Institutions in Brussels - 54946
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Last update 05-10-2016
HU Credits: 3

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: european studies

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. ScopusMt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Maya Sion Tzidkiyahu

Coordinator Email: maya.sion@mail.huji.ac.il

Coordinator Office Hours: Mondays, 4-5pm. Need to schedule in advance by email

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Maya Sion

Course/Module description:
THE EU experiances numerous challenges in the last years. During the study tour we will examine the day to day policy making and the management of crisis. In addition to the EU institutions in Brussels, we will also visit NATO.
Throughout the tour, the group of students will hold meetings and discussions with senior politicians, diplomats, officials, experts and lecturers. We will visit the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European External Action Service. Furthermore, students will visit NATO Headquarters for a day of lectures on various issues. We will also meet with Israeli diplomats from the delegation to the EU and NATO to discuss Israel’s relations with these entities and with their institutions.
This study tour brings the students to the multilateral institutions, where the integration process and collective binding decisions are negotiated. The aim is to deepen the understanding and upgrade the knowledge on these issues by a first-hand experience and sight. To allow the students to meet, present questions and converse with bureaucrats, politicians and decision-makers on general as well as contemporary issues, and on specific topics which they take special interest in and write about. Another aim of the study tour is to expose the students to the EU/NATO – Israeli relations, and to learn from diplomats where these relations stand and where are they heading.
The study tour also acquaints the students with Belgium, a federal country split between the Flemish to the Wallonia linguistic communities, which some say is held together due to the central role of Brussels in the EU.

Course/Module aims:
To deepen the understanding and upgrade the knowledge on these issues by a first-hand experience and sight.
To allow the students to meet, present questions and converse with bureaucrats, politicians and decision-makers on general as well as contemporary issues, and on specific topics which they take special interest in and research

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To know the EU institutions and their routine opearation.
To analyze the EU crises, their causes and the EU's response and answers.
To critically think about the EU functioning and of its influence on the member states, its neighbouring countries and the world.

Attendance requirements(%):
100

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lectures, discussions, students presentations on the issues on the EU's agenda

Meetings with diplomats, beaurocrates, politicians and lobbists.

Course/Module Content:
1. how the EU works

2. the EU institutions and the decision making processes inside and inbetween.

3. Policy areas of the EU.

4. Dilemas and challenges facing the EU in general and its different institutions in particular.

5. The influence of the EU on the daily lives of EU citizens and other areas in the world, emphasising the Israeli-EU relations.

*Same regarding NATO


Required Reading:
How the EU works

הספרים הבאים:

- Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzan Borragán, European Union Politics, 5th Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016).


Key Controversies in European Integration, eds. By Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dür, (The European Union Series, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012).

- Simon Hix and Bjørn Høyland, The Political System of the European Union, 3rd ed., (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Additional Reading Material:
Helen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young, Policy-Making in the European Union, 6th edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

- Desmond Dinan, Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration, 4th ed., (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010).

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 50 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 50 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
reflection

Additional information:
The study tour to Brussels, Belgium will be held during February 5-12 2017.

Students who took/taking the course The EU - a Unique Beast (no. 56855) are allowed to enlist to the study tour.

The study tour entails additional cost (details at the European Forum secretariate).

for further details, please approach the European Studies program secretariate (Andrea) 02-5883286 or mseuro@mail.huji.ac.il
 
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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