History and Economics of European Integration

Vakbeschrijving History and Economics of European Integration
Collegejaar: 2011-2012
Studiegidsnummer: 5770M0061
Docent(en):
  • Prof.dr. R.T. Griffiths
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 200
Periode: Semester 1, Blok I, II
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Wel Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Wel A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

At least BSA (40 ects).

Description

Five years after the Second World War ended, the two arch enemies France and Germany created the world’s first supranational international organisation by setting up the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). This proved to be the first step in a process that led to a European Union that now consists of an internal market and monetary union. In recent decades, the European Union has steadily increased its competences to other policy areas like migration, crime fighting, social policy, and foreign and defense policy. It has also expanded from 6 to 27 members – a number that is expected to increase in the future.
This course analyses the origins and the development of the European Union. The central question of this course is: what were the challenges faced by the current members of the European Union that explain the choice for supranationalism? The course also seeks to explain why the “process” of European integration sometimes seems to stagnate and why reforms in policy areas like agriculture and the budget are so difficult to achieve.

Course objectives

To provide students with an understanding of the choice for supranationalism and the most important developments in the history of European integration. Students are expected to develop a firm grasp of the timing and nature of these developments, the most important reform areas, and the interests of the member states.

Timetable

See website Minor EUS.
See also the timetable of Minor Dutch Studies

Method of instruction

Lectures.

Assessment method

  • Pop-quiz type exams during the courses
  • Written exam

Blackboard

Yes, see the site.

Reading list

Bache, George, Bulmer Politics in the European Union 3rd edition Oxford University Press 2011

Registration

Through uSis.

Contact information

Prof.dr. R.T. Griffiths.

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