Code: 31017
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Culture
Evanthia Balla
Área Científica: European Studies

Course Description:
This academic module aims to address and analyse the contemporary European reality, such as the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe, its political, economic and social structure, migration and immigration questions and the relationship of Europe with the world.

At the end of this Course, the student should have acquired the following skills:
• reflect on the European identity, democracy and culture;
• understand the EU decision process and its impact on the national level;
• know the economic and social policies of the European Union;
• Identify the past in the European present;
• analyse the interaction between Europe and the world;
• analyse the presence of otherness.

Europe and its citizens (public opinion, democracy, participation and representation) 
Political processes and systems: the decision-making system
The economic policy of the EU (the single market and the Eurozone) 
Functional Policies and sectoral policies 
Europe and the world-Globalisation
Europe in crisis – future perspectives

PIRES, Maria Laura Bettencourt (coord.) - Estudos Europeus II. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 2000
GIL, Isabel Capeloa (org.) - Identidade Europeia - Identidades na Europa. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2009. ISBN: 978-9725402337
SILVA, António Martins da – Sistema Político da União Europeia Arquitetura, Funcionamento e Teorização. Coimbra: Almedina, 2013. ISBN 978-9724050980
NUGENT, Neil – The Government and Politics of the European Union. New York: Macmillan, 2010. 978-0230241183
MOURY, Catherine - A Democracia na Europa. Lisboa: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos e Catherine Moury, 2016. ISBN 978-9898838506
CONCEIÇÃO, Eugénia da - O Futuro da União Europeia. Lisboa: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, maio 2016. ISBN 978-9898819376
Textos e artigos científicos disponibilizados online ao longo do semestre
Other texts and articles

THIERSKY, Ronald, e Erik Jones (eds) (2014), Europe Today – A 21st Century Introduction, Fifth Edition, Plymouth, Rowman and Littlefield.
TSOUKALIS, Loukas, and Janis Emmanouilidis (2011), The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Is there a Future for the European Union?, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
During the semester the teacher will advise students to complement their study with resources to be accessed online.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –