The course is designed for master students of political science who want to widen their understanding about the normative underpinnings of the European Union.

The seminar will focus on a number of questions relevant in and for the discussion about the normative features in the European Union. We are going to study the concepts of cosmopolitan Europe and normative power Europe, the European transnational citizenship and the EU post-national constitutionalism. Furthermore, we will also examine the elements of democratic deficit, democratic legitimacy, issues of EU democracy as well as the EU solidarity and justice, among others.

The guiding questions in the course will be (1) how relevant is the normative perspective in the study of the EU and (2) what normative dimensions teach us about the ‘state’ of the EU.