Curricular Unit:Code:
Portuguese Constitution and the European Union832CPUE
1UndergraduateComputer Systems Engineering3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring 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. 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
III. 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:
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 – Knowledge and critical awareness on European Union policies require and its national implications are grounded on preliminary knowledge on both the history and institutions of the EU.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Continuous evaluation composed of:
- Two evaluation elements submitted by distance: (i) one written test (20%); (ii) one written work (20%);
- One evaluation element face-to-face (written test)(60%).
The written tests assess learning outcomes. The work is a complementary element based on active learning.
The students enrolling for continuous assessment must submit the three elements.
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 and the work aim at producing reliable indicators of learning outcomes.
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CARDOSO, C., et al. (2017). A União Europeia: História, Instituições e Políticas. 5ª ed. Porto: UFP
FERNANDES, A-J. (2010). Introdução à Ciência Política. Teorias, Métodos e Temáticas. Porto: Porto Ed.
JONES, E., MENON, A. e WEATHERILL, S. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of the European Union. Oxford: OUP
MATEUS, A. (coord.) (2015). Três décadas de Portugal Europeu. Balanço e Perspetivas. Lisboa: FFMS
PINTO, A. e TEIXEIRA, N. (eds.) (2005). A Europa do Sul e a Construção da União Europeia. 1945-2000. Lisboa: ICS
WALLACE, H., POLLACK, M. e YOUNG, A. (2014). Policy-Making in the European Union. 7ª ed. Oxford: OUP.