Curricular Unit:Code:
Portuguese Constitution and the European Union783CPUE
1UndergraduatePsychology3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The students are expected to:
Acquire general knowledge on the European Union and its institutions;
Acquire knowledge and to understand the relationship between the EU and the national level of politics;
Be able to debate and assess European economic and political integration.
At the end of the course the students are expected to have acquired:
Competencies in the selection and interpretation of information;
Competencies of written and oral communication, within academic publics or broader on the topics addressed;
Competencies of independent judgement on European integration (economic, social and political);
Competencies of applied knowledge to new situations and problems;
Competencies of autonomous work and lifelong self- learning capabilities
I. Historical framework of European integration
1. The European project: from past to present
2. International organizations and sovereignty: intergovernmentalism vs. supranationalism
3. Birth and development of European integration
3. European economic integration
4. Enlargements of the European Communities (ECs)/European Union (EU)
5. Amendments to the founding treaties
II. The institutional system of the EU
6. The national level
7. EU institutional system
7.1. Institutions and organs
8. The multi-level framework of governance: subsidiarity, legitimacy, output
IV. EU policies and themes in the agenda
9. EU policies: an overview.
10. Themes in the European agenda.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Knowledge and critical awareness on the European Union require preliminary knowledge on both the EU and EU-national relations on the dimensions of history, institutions and policies.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Lectures & tutorials aiming at involving the students in the teaching-learning process.
Continuous assessment: 2 written tests + presence in class (at least 50%).
The written test assesses learning outcomes - the dimension of the class groups and the fact that there is only one session per week are the reason for this option.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The methodology adopted aims at fostering the students' interest and involvement with the topic. The tests aim at producing reliable indicators of learning outcomes.
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