History, institutions and policies of European integration (Summer semester)
Included in Study
European Integration, 1-semester Programme
Master's Programme in Political Science and Management
Language of instruction
Knowledge of EU politics at introductory level recommended (e.g. ST-202) or, alternatively, use of John McCormick, Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction (London and Basingstoke: Palgrave 2017) and Michele Cini & Nieves Peréz-Solórzano Borragán (eds), European Union Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019) for thorough preparation prior to the courses.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
analyze and deal critically with the motives behind the process of European integration
describe and illustrate the functioning of European Union policies, the organisational set-up of EU institutions and their dynamic interplay with the Member States
differentiate between different concepts and theories of European integration and apply analytical tools to issues of European integration
critically assess well-established approaches and dissenting arguments based on advanced knowledge within this field
Since 1994, Norway has been associated to the European Union (EU) via the Economic Area Agreement (EEA). By way of this agreement, Norway is urged to implement a significant amount of EU legislation which triggers significant impact on all aspects of life (see ST-408). In order to get a better grasp of the EU, this course explores core features of the political system of the European Union and addresses topics such as:
the history of European unification and integration, especially the development of the European Union since 1951
core aspects of the cultural, socio-economic, legal, and political dimensions of European integration
theories of regional integration, with regards to Europe
institutions and Member States of the European Union
decision- and policy-making in the European Union
policies of the European Union, e.g., the Economic and Monetary Union
future perspectives of the European Union
This course is offered during summer and will be based on lectures, working groups and seminars. Students are expected to engage actively. Estimated workload 270 hours.
Minimum 80% of class attendance and approved term paper. Further information will be given in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
Five hours written individual exam on campus. Graded A-F.
The person responsible for the course, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1.