Politics of European Integration

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU code: 
POLS5030
CEU credits: 
4
Academic year: 
2007/2008
Semester: 
Winter
Start and end dates: 
7 Jan 2008 - 28 Mar 2008
Instructor(s): 
Attila Folsz
Learning Outcomes: 
Students will be acquainted with the development of European integration and the major approaches explaining it. The acquired knowledge will enable them to pursue individual research on EU-related topics.
Assessment : 
• Students are required to attend classes regularly and to participate actively in course discussions. • Students are expected to formulate comments and questions about the literature. These not more than half page long comments and questions will serve as basis for seminar discussions, and are be submitted via e-mail before the seminars. • Students are expected to make in-class presentations of some literature not included in the core readings. • Students write in-class closed-book mid-term and final exams. Assessment: Mid-Term Exam: 30 % End-Term Exam: 40 % Written questions and comments: 10 % In-class presentation 10 % In-class participation 10 %

The course aims at exploring the logic of policy-making in the EU and the dynamics of the European integration process the by analyzing the history of EC/EU, by studying of theories of integration, by surveying the actors and institutions of integration politics and by discussing crucial issues presently on the European agenda.

This is not a usual course on the European Union, since it tries to avoid as much as possible the detailed and technical description of the EU institutional setup, the so-called "pillars" and the common policies, because this kind of knowledge is intellectually less interesting and - if needed - is easily obtainable from handbooks.

Participation in this course does not require any background in European Studies but does require some very basic acquaintance with some fields of political science, such as comparative politics, political economy and public choice. Since European integration does not have a theory as such there is a variety of approaches applied in the study of integration. Therefore the selected readings consider the EU from different perspectives and use different methodologies. The course provides good opportunity to compare the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches in understanding the same phenomenon.