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History of European Integration


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master EUS.


The course analyses the problems confronting Europe since the start of postwar European integration on the eve of some of the major treaties and policy choices. It also attempts to explain why supranational, European solutions were deemed necessary to resolve them (and whether they did so). It combines economic history with more traditional international relations history approaches as well as ideas conceived and developed by political scientists. The first half of the semester will comprise three simulations in which the students will negotiate the ECSC and EEC treaties, as well as the Hague summit. The second half will consider the origins and development of some of the European Union’s main policy areas.

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.



Mode of instruction

Simulations and lectures.

Assessment method

  • Participation 30%

  • Midterm written exam multiple choice questions 20%

  • Policy advice written in an historical context 50%


Yes, see Blackboard.

Reading list

  • D. Dinan, Europe Recast: A History of European Union (2004).

  • Chapters from R.T. Griffiths, History of European Integration since 1945 (unpublished 2011)


Via uSis.
See also: registration and admission requirements for the Master EUS.

Contact information

Prof. Dr. R.T. Griffiths.