European institutions

Evropske institucije

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (15 hours of lectures, 45 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Zlatko Šabič


  • Tch. Asst. Dr. Danijel Crnčec


Elective - expert




First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure. This course within the European integration module builds up the knowledge acquired within elementary courses Introduction to the EU and Genesis of the international community. At the same time the course is horizontally linked to courses which partially deal with one or some European Institutions (International Protection of Human Rights, International Economic Relations, International Organisations with Practicum, Diplomatic and Consular Relations and International Political Economy).

Objectives and competences

The aim of the course is to further students' knowledge on European integration process. The latter should not be focused solely on the EU on which the students by know have already gained an in-depth knowledge. Other European institutions, discussed in this course, are equally important for the stability of the Continent.. The competences acquired by the student in this course are as follows: a) ability of written and oral expression b) ability to read and interpret primary sources (founding documents of European institutions discussed throughout the course) c) ability to work in a group with a view to designing and implementing a project.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course will deal with economic, political, and military-defence institutions in Europe. The first part begins with a historical overview of the rise of Europe-specific institutions. This is followed by the analysis of development and the role of the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Free Trade Association. The analysis of individual organizations and institutions will cover issues concerning their membership, the internal structure of these organisations, the internal structure, decision-making processes and their importance in the context of European economic and political cooperation.

Intended learning outcomes:

Terminology and classification related to the phenomenon of the European institutions; theoretical and historical examination of their origin and development; the role of these institutions in the formulation of relevant policies for Europe.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, Individual/group work.


Written exam 40 % Project group work 60 %

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Archer, Clive
Title: Organizing Europe : the institutions of integration »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: London [etc.] : E. Arnold, 1994
ISBN: 0-340-59039-4
COBISS.SI-ID: 2004322 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Benoît-Rohmer, Florence in Heinrich Klebes
Title: Council of Europe Law - Towards a pan-European legal area. »
Publishing: Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 2005
COBISS.SI-ID: #NULL! - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Šabič, Zlatko (ur.)
Title: Organizacija za varnost in sodelovanje v Evropi »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2005
ISBN: 961-235-195-3
COBISS.SI-ID: 219948800 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
Notes: str. 223
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Tutorials and individual consultations with lecturer
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.

Curriculum was last modified on: 08.06.2020