History, institutions and policies of European integration
Included in Study
European Integration, 1-semester Programme
Master's Programme in Political Science and Management
Language of instruction
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
describe 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 to apply analytical tools to issues of European integration
critically assess well-established approaches and dissenting arguments
This course explores core features of the political system of the European Union and addresses amongst other topics:
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, in particular 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.
Minimum of 80% of class attendance and a term paper of appr. 1200 words.
Assessment methods and criteria
Five hours written exam with graded assessment.
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.