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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 Europe since the process of European cooperation started to take shape at the end of WWI through some of the major treaties and policy choices. It also seeks to explain why supranational, European solutions were deemed necessary to resolve them (and whether they did so). It combines international and economic history with transnational approaches as well as ideas conceived and developed by political scientists.
As part of this course we will do a negotiating game where you will represent one of the six original member states of the European Coal and Steel Community in their negotiations on the Treaty of Paris (1950).

Course objectives

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


The timetable is available on the website.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and simulation

Course Load

Total course load for the course: 5 EC is 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 9 weeks = 18 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature and preparation for the lectures: 3 hours per week x 12 = 36 hours

  • Preparation for the paper: 50 hours

  • Preparation for the negotiating strategy and game: 30 hours

  • Negotiating game: 6 hours

Assessment method

  • End term paper 60%

  • Negotiating strategy 20%

  • Participation 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 games 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

  • Wim van Meurs etc. al.,* The unfinished history of European integration* (Amsterdam University Press 2018).

  • Articles – see syllabus


Via uSis.

Contact information

Dr. M. Broad