Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
EUR2325 Institutions of EU Spring 3 0 3 4
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Hybrid
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. ESRA ALBAYRAKOĞLU
Course Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. SEMİHA ÖZGÜR ÜNAL ERİŞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: The main aim of this course is to make a brief introduction to the institutions of the European Union and make the students familiar with their organisation, methods and functions. At the end of the course the students will have an overview of the functioning of the European Union policies, politics involved and relations between the institutions.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who have succeeded in this course;

1. Gain an understanding of how integration changed Europe.
2. Gain a knowledge and understanding of different institutions in EU
3. Possess a robust understanding of the decision-making structures at the EU level.
4. Comment on the power dynamics among the EU member states.
5. Grasp working method of EU institutions.

Course Content

This course aims at introducing students the key players in the EU decision-making and how the EU laws are made. It introduces the main institutions of the EU, the issues of membership and representation in these institutions. It will instruct students key players such as European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU, Court of Justice and advisory institutions such as Committee of Regions and European Economic and Social Commmittee.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction of the Syllabus and mind mapping technique Course Schedule, Review and Expectations
2) History of European Integration Itsleargning
3) Grand Theories of European Integration: Supranationalism and Intergovernmentalism Sources on itslearning
4) Institutions and Actors: European Commission Sources on Itslearning (Cini, p.42-59, in Warleigh, Cini et al., Chapter 8)
5) Institutions and Actors: The Council of the European Union Sources on Itslearning (Sherington, p. 25-39, in Warleigh, Cini et al., Chapter 9)
6) Institutions and Actors: The European Parliament Sources on Itslearning (Burns, p. 62-79, in Warleigh, Cini et al., Chapter 10)
7) Institutions and Actors: The Courts of the European Union (ECJ and the Court of First Instance) Sources on Itslearning (Hunt, p.103-120, in Warleigh)
8) Institutions and Actors: The Courts of the European Union (The Court of Auditors and the EU Ombudsman) Sources on Itslearning (Giddings et al., 123-160 in Warleigh)
9) Mid-Term Exam
10) Institutions and Actors: Interest Groups and the European Union Sources on Itslearning (Cini et al., Chapter 12)
11) The European Central Bank Sources on Itslearning (Howart, p. 82-98, in Warleigh)
12) Advisory Bodies: The Economic and Social Committee Sources on Itslearning (Alex Warleight, p. 163-175 in Warleigh)
13) Advisory Bodies: The Committee of the Regions Sources on Itslearning (Alex Warleight, p. 177-189 in Warleigh)
14) Mind-Mapping Presentations and submission of Assignment 2: Second Mind-Map


Course Notes / Textbooks: Weekly readings will be uploaded on ItsLearning at the beginning of the semester. Please note that all book chapters and articles listed on the syllabus are also accessible through the BAU Library.
The PPT files will be shared on ItsLearning following each class.


Haftalık ders okumalarının tamamı, dönem başında ItsLearning’e yüklenir. Ders izlencesinde yer alan tüm kitap bölümleri ve makalelere BAU Kütüphanesi’nden de erişilebilir.
PowerPoint dosyaları, hafta bazında ve işlenen ders sonrasında ItsLearning’e yüklenir.
References: Articles in Course Package

İşlenen konularla ilgili Youtube videoları.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 2 % 30
Presentation 1 % 0
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 11 33
Study Hours Out of Class 14 62
Homework Assignments 2 6
Midterms 1 2
Final 1 2
Total Workload 105

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.