Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE European Integration Theories, Paradigms and Key Documents

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is split into two main parts. Firstly, the theoretical foundations of European integration which will deal with the main classical theories and approaches which give theoretical conceptions about the various stages in process of EU integration. It will also give good insights into the complex and unique EU governance system, such as multi-level governance and decision-making in the EU.

Secondly, the study-unit will also deal with the historical paradigms by referring to historic key documents that illustrate and explain the process of EU integration both historically and theoretically. This will consist of key speeches and works of the founders of the EU and other policy players and academics that have contributed in later stages of this process and who have also left a mark on the way the EU has developed.

Study-unit Aims:

The main aim of this study-unit is two-fold:

First, it aims to introduce students to the wide literature which discusses the European integration process from its birth to current times. This study-unit therefore aims to portray a clear picture of where the academic discussion on the future of Europe stands today.

Secondly, the study-unit aims to make students aware of divergent viewpoints and paradigms about European integration, successes and failures in its integration history and to alert students about varying interpretations of the past and present.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Learn about classical theories and approaches of European integration;
- Learn about these theories in the way they differ from each other and in the context of the historical development of the EU;
- Learn about the proponents to these theories and what their vision of a united Europe was;
- Explain how European integration originated and developed;
- Acquire knowledge about key historic documents illustrating their importance in the process of EU Integration.

2. Skills:

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

- Put into context the classical theories in the history of EU integration;
- Assign the main political thoughts of important personalities in EU integration to a specific theory or approach;
- Achieve a clear picture of how and why the EU developed in such a way;
- Describe and critically appraise developments in European history and integration;
- Appreciate the validity and importance of key documentation and research;
- Link the historical paradigms of EU integration with current EU affairs.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Moravcsik A. (1998), ‘The Choice for Europe’, UCL.
- Burgess M. (2000), ‘Federalsim and European Union: The Building of Europe 1950-2000’, Routledge.
- Rosamond B. (2000), ‘Theories of European integration’, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Nelsen F. B. and Stubb A. (2003), ‘The European Union – Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration’, Palgrave Macmillan.
- O’Neill M. (1996), ‘The Politics of European Integration: A Reader’, Routledge.
- Chryssochoou D. N, Tsinisizelis M. J, Stavridis S. and Ifantis K. (2003), ‘Theory and Reform in the European Union’, Manchester University Press.
- Dinan D. (2006), 'Origins and Development of the European Union', Oxford University Press.
- Bainbridge T. (2003), 'The Penguin Companion to the European Union', London.

Various Historical Documents which will be placed on VLE for students to read.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%


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