The Jean Monnet Module on Europeanization of the Western Balkans covers different aspects of Europeanization and provides interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach suitable for various profiles of students. This Module offers in-depth analysis of a new subject area in Croatian political science curricula. In general, it contributes to the Europeanization of the curricula of this particular part of European Studies, and develops students’ qualifications for the job-market (English language course; communication, presentation and analytical skills).
General and specific knowledge to be acquired through this course:
– Students will acquire a general knowledge on the process of Europeanization, both in its theoretical aspects and the comparative experience of EU candidates and new Member States;
– Students will acquire specific knowledge on the process of Europeanization, as the incremental process reorienting the direction and shape of politics to the degree that EU political and economic dynamics become part of the organizational logic of national politics and policy-making;
– Students will acquire concrete knowledge of the accession process to EU membership and the process of Europeanization of accession states, their politics, policies and polity;
– Students will be able to develop expertise in, the process of structural change of society and politics within a concrete national, regional and Europe-wide framework.
Course content is designed in three parts. The first part deals with main theories of Europeanization and EU Enlargement as it evolved out of EU’s foreign policy into its largest political project. Students will acquire knowledge about rounds of Eastern Enlargement starting with the first round in 2004, and they will engage with literature that compares subsequent rounds of enlargement. The second part of the course will deal specifically with challenges of enlargement in the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia), given the particular security framework, as well as the evolving EU capacity for monitoring and benchmarking of the accession process in Chapters 23 and 24. The third part of the course will analyse how specific policy sectors are affected by European integration, focusing on anti-discrimination policy, environmental policy and public sector reform. Students will meet guest lectures from Western Balkans’ states during classes. Active participation during these visits is highly recommended.