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History of European Integration


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies.


The course analyses the problems confronting (Western) Europe since the process of European cooperation started to take shape from the end of World War I and, in particular, after World War II, through to some of the major treaties and policy choices in the contemporary era. In doing so, it seeks to explain why supranational, European solutions were deemed necessary to resolve them (and whether they did so). It combines Cold War, international and economic history with transnational and non-state approaches as well as ideas conceived and developed by political scientists.

As part of this course students will undertake a negotiating game where they will represent one of the six original member states of the European Economic Community (EEC) in their negotiations for the Treaty of Rome (1957).

Course objectives

Students will understand a range of concepts linked to discussions on the history of European integration and the ongoing historical debate on this subject.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures and simulation

Assessment method


Research paper - 60%
Negotiating strategy game - 20%
Active participation in the course and class discussion - 20%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


In order to be eligible for the retake paper, students have to have participated in the negotiating game and have to have failed the course.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A syllabus will be provided one week before the start of the course.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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