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Instructor: Dr Kalliopi Kyriakopoulou

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An examination of the European union and the forces towards integration: origin, politics and future.

Available in Winter 2018Summer 2018 and Winter 2019.

PREREQUISITE    (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts, institutions and debates concerning the European Union. It aims at introducing the students to the creation, development and evolution of the European Union with a specific focus on its historical, theoretical, institutional and policy-making frameworks. The course will examine the origins of the European Union, the course of its evolution up to the present, and it will consider the main debates about the role and functions of the main institutions. It will also consider the future challenges in the context of the EU economic and political crisis, the recent enlargement developments, further enlargement possibilities as well as the position of the EU in International Politics.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students are expected to:

  • Have acquired knowledge of what ‘European Integration’ means and how it has been conceptualized.
  • Have gained an understanding of the driving forces behind the moves for integration in Europe since the end of WW2.
  • Be able to interpret and critically evaluate the main issues, problems and challenges in the contemporary political debate in the EU.
  • Understand the main differences and similarities among the EU member states and assess their efforts to be integrated.


Experiential learning opportunities

Two ELOs have been arranged for this course. 
A. Week 4: Visit of the representation office of the EU Parliament in London 
B. Week 4: Attendance of Lecture on European Elections at the London School of Economics 

The first field study will provide the students the opportunity to address direct questions to the representatives of the EU Commission in London and discuss how the European profile is built and sustained by the representative offices in the member states. The second field study will bring the students closer to the anti-European voices in the European Parliament as the British MP Nigel Farage will discuss how and why the European Elections of 2014 really matter for the future of the EU.



The final grade for this course will be determined on the basis of:

A field study review: 20%
First individual presentation: 20%    
Second individual presentation: 20%
An essay: 20%
Attendance and Participation: 20%                                                

Systematic attendance and participation, attendance of the field studies, delivery of presentations on time and submission of the written coursework before the deadline are course requirements.

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