States, Markets and European Integration
Full course description
The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the process of European Integration. This course aims to provide students with up-to-date information concerning the process and the purposes of European integration, recent developments and the consequences for the future of the EU. In this way students are offered the knowledge that is necessary for a good understanding of the law of the European Union and of the European ‘Ius Commune’ that is presently being recreated. For this course, we use a multidisciplinary (meta-legal) approach and we offer ELS-students an historic, economic and political theory view on the process of European integration, with a particular focus on the most recent developments.
The students will be able to understand the European integration process in a more critical manner than the way it is frequently told in standard text books by comprehending the political and economic motivations behind European integration. Participants will acquire the necessary rudimentary economic tools to understand the economic arguments for integration. Moreover students will learn essential (political) integration theories that try to explain or predict European integration. Both economic theory and political integration theories will be applied to the European integration process and hence will provide a critical insight in the history of European integration as well as in current issues, as the Eurocrisis, the refugee crisis, the Brexit and the future of EU integration. Summarising, the course aims to learn students to analyse and to critically reflect on the European integration process, to approach the integration process from various angles and to be aware of the societal and historical context in which European integration proceeds or –currently- does not proceed.
- Bache, I., George, S., Bulmer, S., ‘Politics in the European Union’, Oxford University Press, Fourth edition, 2014. A customized version is available as well (recommended). In this version, only the chapters that we will study are included.