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European Integration


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


This seminar discusses the application of major theoretical approaches to explain developments in the European Union (EU) and studies recent institutional changes in the EU. We analyse how the role and influence of different actors in the EU has been adapting over time and study how the EU’s external representation works in the post-Lisbon era. The course also deals with Brexit and with the ways the EU coordinates its work with the United Nations.

Course objectives

The course familiarises students with theories and approaches focusing on European integration and with recent developments and institutional adaptations in the European Union (EU). Students will learn how political processes affect the ways in which EU institutions act and how the EU operates in areas such as external action and economic and monetary governance. On the basis of short essays and a final research paper, students learn how to analyse and interpret recent steps in European integration and see how the EU coordinates some of its work with the United nations.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.
This course will also include a two-day excursion to European institutions in Brussels.

Mode of instruction

The seminar is based on active student participation. It includes lectures followed by class discussion and a two-day excursion to EU institutions in Brussels. Students also play a simulation game focused on possible solutions to migration governance in the EU.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

Students will be evaluated based on:

  • two short essays (25% each)

  • a research paper (40 %)

  • class participation (10 %)

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.


All information relevant to this course will be posted on the Blackboard course site.

Reading list

For this seminar, we study recent literature on European integration and decision-making in the EU before and after the Treaty of Lisbon. We also use as readings selected recent journal articles on topics such as the evolving institutional structure, the EU’s role in the area of economic and fiscal governance and coordination of the EU’s work with the United Nations.


Use Blackboard to register for every course. The programme will register the students in Usis based on the group division.


Prof. Dr. M.O. Hosli