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Regions, Federalism and EU Integration

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSAMPOL205
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring - irregular

Objectives and Content

Much of comparative politics and EU integration research focuses on governmental institutions (such as executives and legislatures), non-majoritarian bodies (e.g. courts and agencies) or societal stakeholders (firms, citizens, trade unions, etc.). This course focuses on a different category of actors: regions. Sometimes directly elected and endowed with primary legislative powers, sometimes purely nominated with limited policy authority, regional governments and administrations are often neglected in comparative politics and EU analyses. Having defined and mapped the evolution of the regional level of governance in Europe, this seminar then seeks to explore the relationship between regionalisation and Europeanization, as well as the interaction between these different sets of actors. To this end, we will examine the most recent scholarly contributions as well as the classics in the field.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the territorial make-up of the EU 28 (from fully federal countries to centralised unitary ones)
  • Display an understanding of the concept of ┬┐regional authority┬┐, how it is conceptualized, operationalized, and empirically measured, what its two main dimensions are (self-rule and shared rule) and what its 8 sub-dimensions are.
  • Understand the relationship between (1) European integration and (2) regional power and regionalist/territorial parties
  • Demonstrate an understanding of regional interest representation in the EU from mobilization to patterns of bypassing and cooperation with state institutions
  • Relate empirical evidence on the triangular relationship between regions, their parent state, and the EU in terms of theories of European integration (Multi-Level Governance, theories of institutional change, theories of system support, and ring-fencing demands).
  • More generally, display a capacity to provide insights into the key debates related to multi-level governance and European integration in their territorial dimensions.

Skills

  • Mobilize knowledge from different sessions to answer transversal questions relating to different dimensions of the course (i.e. evidence of horizontal learning and mobilization skills)
  • Present strong skills in the critical reading of a variety of texts and the academic scholarship based upon those texts
  • Demonstrate capacity to construct a coherent essay. Students must show awareness of the benefits and pitfalls linked to conceptualisation, hypothesis generation, variable operationalisation, choice of measurement indicators, as well as the choice of method(s) to test for associations
  • Develop a capacity to understand and criticize different types of literatures using a variety of theoretical approaches and analytical tools.

General competence

  • Display ability to think critically and independently but constructively
  • A capacity to read, understand, and digest material using different methods (from qualitative case studies to quantitative large-n analyses, from diachronic to synchronic analyses, from x-centered research to y-centered research)
  • A capacity to build an argument based on a variety of sources, and to initiate a dialogue between those sources
  • Capacity to synthesize and present knowledge in a simple and efficient way under time constraints (6 hour desk exam).

Required Previous Knowledge

Fulfilment of general admission requirements

Recommended Previous Knowledge

SAMPOL115, MET102 and SAMPOL110 /SAMPOL105, SAMPOL106 and SAMPOL107

Access to the Course

Open for all students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Form: Lectures

Hours per veke: 2

Number of weeks: 10

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

None

Forms of Assessment

6-hour desk exam

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Spring - irregular

Course Evaluation

The course is to be evaluated according to guidelines found in Handbok for kvalitetssikring av universitetsstudia.

Department

Department of Comparative Politics

Contact

Contact Information

studieveileder@isp.uib.no/ 55583316

Exam information