The course discusses developments in the EU from the end of the Cold War until today. It focuses on relevant issues of the integration process. It is based on lectures, class discussions and presentations of various positions present in the debates. The objectives of the course are to explain a modern development of the EU, analyse key points in particular areas of integration and practise argumentation skills.
Explain main changes of the European integration process after 1989.
Identify controversial issues in the key areas of integration.
Demonstrate arguments on a given topic.
Discuss fundamental issues of the recent development of the EU.
I. Opening session
II. The European integration process – a crash course
III. Single market construction
IV. From the EC to the EU - re-evaluation of strategies
V. The EU development and Amsterdam reform
VI. The Treaty of Nice – institutional preparation for enlargement
VII. The enlargement process and strategy
VIII. The Constitution for Europe
IX. The Lisbon Treaty
X. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: EU in the world
XI. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: Euro crisis
XII. Beyond the Lisbon Treaty: EU at a crossroads
XIII. Final test
Policy-making in the European union. Edited by Helen S. Wallace - Mark A. Pollack - Alasdair R. Young. Seventh edition. xxxviii, 5. ISBN 9780199689675. info
Comparative politics. Edited by Daniele Caramani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xliv, 786. ISBN 9780199298419. info
MCALLISTER, Richard. From EC to EU : an historical and political survey. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1997. xxvii, 254. ISBN 0-415-14265-2. info
Designing the European union : from Paris to Lisbon. Edited by Finn Laursen. 1st pub. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. xv, 317. ISBN 9780230367760. info
CRAIG, Paul P. The Lisbon treaty : law, politics, and treaty reform. New book ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011. xxxv, 466. ISBN 9780199595013. info
The EU's Lisbon Treaty : institutional choices and implementation. Edited by Finn Laursen. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. xxvi, 302. ISBN 9781409434627. info
Assigned articles (Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Integration etc.)
The course consists of lectures mixed together with seminars including class discussions. Students are expected to prepare position papers and present them in the class. The discussions should introduce a wide range of arguments and points of view.
All the course requirements are necessary to complete the course and to receive a final grade (A-F). Every student must submit six position papers, participate in the seminars and complete the final test (composed of open questions).
Final grades will be made following according to the following scale:
A. 50-47 points,
B. 46-43 points,
C. 42-39 points,
D. 38-35 points,
E. 34-32 points,
F. 31 and less points.