Curricular Unit:Code:
Portuguese Constitution and the European Union841CPUE
2MasterDentistry3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
(i) To integrate methods, concepts, theories and knowledge in the European integration area;
(ii) To develop interactive skills allowing students to participate in debates on contemporary political events and the participation of Portugal in the European integration process;
(iii) To select methods of information management that guide students in selected readings on European integration issues;
(iv) To improve oral and written communication skills;
(vi) To develop critical analysis of contemporary political and European integration issues.
I. Theoretical and historical framework of European integration: 1. Supranational organisations vs. intergovernmental organisations; 2. Foundations of the European Union (EU); 3. Stages of economic integration; 4. Enlargements of the EU.
II. Institutions of the EU: 1. Decision-making institutions: the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Central Bank; 2. Institutions of oversight: the European Commission and the European Council; 3. Institutions of control: the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors; 4. Advisory bodies.
III. The decision-making process in the EU: 1. Competence assignment between the EU and member states. 2. The subsidiarity principle. 3. External competences. 4. The ordinary legislative procedure. 5. The role of national parliaments. 6. Citizens' legislative initiative.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
I – The theoretical issues of the genesis and the historical development of European integration should encourage students to understand the contemporary political issues, as well as to promote critical reading on these issues.
II – The presentation of the model of European Union (EU) institutions aims at providing an understanding of the EU institutional model, as well as to promote a critical reading of the European integration process within the institutional and the decision-making dimensions.
III – The approach to EU decision-making aims at providing students basic knowledge on the distribution of powers between the EU and member states, on the Union's external powers and on the dynamic aspects of decision-making.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Teaching methodology includes lecturing, research, readings and discussion of European integration contemporary issues, as well as critical reflection. Assessment is continuous and based on two written tests (test 1 - 50%; test 2 - 50%).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Theoretical exposition of the contents the scientific area; presentation and handling of the handbook; discussions in the classroom; integration of methods, concepts, theories and knowledge in the scientific area; developing interactive competences in the classroom; demonstration of oral and written communication skills of expert assessment contents; selection of methods of information management.
CARDOSO, Carla et al. (2017), A União Europeia: História, Instituições e Políticas, 5.ª edição, Porto: Edições Universidade Fernando Pessoa.
CINI, Michele, and BORRAGÁN, Nieves Pérez-Solórzano (eds.) (2019), European Union Politics, 6th. edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
JONES, Erik, MENON, Anad, and WEATHERILL, Stephen (eds.) (2014), Oxford Handbook of the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
NUGENT, Neill (2017), The Government and Politics of the European Union, 8th. edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
WALLACE, Helen, POLLACK, Mark A., ROEDERER-RYNNING, Christina, and YOUNG, Alasdair R. (eds.) (2020), Policy-Making in the European Union, 8th. edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Ana Campina (
Carla Pinto Rebelo (
Isabel Costa Leite (