This course aims to introduce students into the European Union and focuses in particular on the theme ‘Integration’ and ‘Disintegration’. Research on European integration has traditionally started off with the question ‘why integrate’. This course will provide a brief introduction of the history of European integration, build on the body of literature that theorises why integrate, examine various issues around contemporary governance and policy-making and will close with an assessment of pressures towards differentiation and disintegration (including Brexit). The course is devoted to both theoretical analysis as well as current events.
Learning outcomes include:
Intermediate understanding of European Union integration and politics
Mode of Instruction
14 seminar sessions
rest studying and researching to prepare the seminar sessions and the assignmentsBla
The assessment of the course will be based on
Presentation (literature): 20%
Reaction Paper 20%
Paper proposal 10%
Final paper: 50%
Simon Usherwood, John Pinder The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (Fourth Edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Antje Wiener, Tanja A. Borzel, and Thomas Risse (eds) European Integration Theory (Third Edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
Additional readings that will be in the library or made available through Blackboard.
Readings must be done in advance of come to class.
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This course is earmarked for the specializations Nederlandse Politiek/Dutch Politics, International Politics and PPD