Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE A Historical Perspective on EU Integration

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION During the course of this study-unit students will be focusing on developments in European history and integration from 1945 onwards. In order to be able to understand post-WW2 events, the programme starts with an overview of salient themes relevant to integration which unfolded prior to 1945. In the following lectures, students will follow the meandering of the integration process decade by decade. This chronological approach is intended to cater for students with no or little historical background. At the same time, there are a number of themes that will cut across the various lectures; in this way the chronology will be complemented by the thematic approach. Issues dealt with will include the role of Germany in the integration process, the relations of European states with the Mediterranean and the rest of the globe, as well Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

Study-unit Aims

- To offer students insights into Europe’s past;
- To highlight developments in European integration, with reference to developments both in the West and in the East;
- To make students aware of divergent points-of-view about European integration;
- To underscore successes and failures in the history of European integration;
- To alert students about varying interpretations of the past.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain where European integration is coming from, in order to improve understanding of present circumstances and make informed predictions about future developments.
- highlight and analyse key issues in European history and integration within a specific time-frame and geographical setting.
- list at least 3 ‘building blocks’ of European integrations and discuss their significance.
- compare and contrast the experience of EC/EU enlargement and membership of different countries and/or blocks.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate an ability to internalize and interpret knowledge, not just memorise and mechanically reproduce lecture notes.
- describe and critically appraise developments in European history and integration by writing two essays in answer to questions chosen from a list, within the context of a written test situation.
- navigate online resources and understand how to distinguish between generic web sites and serious academic tools for the study of European integration;

All of these skills are transferable and will prove useful to students in a variety of fields and career venues.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Desmond Dinan, Origins and Developments of the European Union, (Oxford, 2006).
- Timothy Bainbridge, The Penguin Companion to the European Union, (London, 2003).
- Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics since 1945, (latest edition).
- ‘Europe: Where does it begin and end?’. Special issue of International Affairs, (July 2000).
- Fraser Cameron (ed.), The Future Europe: Integration and Enlargement, (London, 2004).
- Marise Cremona (ed.), The Enlargement of the European Union, (Oxford, 2003).

Online Resources Europe’s digital library, museum and archive.

During the course of the lectures, students will be advised about, and provided with material for further reading.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Emanuel Buttigieg

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