European Integration: State of the Art
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThis introductory seminar is the first module in the first year of the Research Master European Studies (RMES). It sets the scene for the 2-year programme in two ways: first, by introducing students to some of the key current debates and contending perspectives on European integration. This will include an overview of the historical evolution of the European Union and the idea of European integration, a discussion of the political, economic and social dynamics behind these developments, and an introduction to the uses of theory in understanding and explaining the integration process. In doing so, the module will bring together insights from a range of disciplines, in particular comparative politics, international relations, history, and public administration. Second, the module introduces a teaching format that will be distinctive for the RMES, namely a mix of focused interactive lectures and seminar-style discussion blocks following the model of PBL. The lectures and the debating seminars cover the main theories of European integration and also serve to introduce the three specialisations of the RMES: I) European integration: historical approach; II) Governance and representation in the EU; and III) Europe and the world.
Doelstellingen van dit vakStudents in this course will • gain knowledge on how different academic disciplines have dealt with the issue of European integration and understand the key debates in these different fields; • be able to recognise the potential and the limitations of these approaches in opening specific routes of inquiry and in inspiring their own research work; • formulate judgments on the appropriateness of specific disciplinary perspectives for specific research questions and be able to take a reasoned position in specific debates, e.g. on whether or not a ‘democratic deficit’ of EU governance exists and what should or should not be done about it; • can do an exercise in communicating such insights by means of a take-home exam; • be able to deepen and extend their knowledge through a selected set of further readings and a good preparation for the subsequent modules.
Aanbevolen literatuurThe course syllabus provides a detailed list of readings for each seminar. In addition, students are advised to consult the following books: - Jones, Erik, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill (eds.) (2012): The Oxford Handbook of the European Union; Oxford: Oxford University Press. (State of the art overview of all aspects of European Studies) - Cini, Michelle and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds.) (2013): European Union Politics (4th ed.); Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Students who feel they lack some of the background in European Studies will appreciate this basic, but not unsophisticated textbook). - Wiener, Antje and Thomas Diez (eds.) (2009): European Integration Theory (2nd ed.); Oxford: Oxford University Press. (A must-read for the theoretically minded). - Dinan, Desmond (ed.) (2014): Origins and Evolution of the European Union (2nd ed.); Oxford: Oxford University Press (good overview articles, focused on EU history). - Judt, Tony (2005): Postwar. A History of Europe Since 1945; London: Pimlico (repr. 2006 at Penguin and 2010 at Vintage books; accessible postwar history, not confined to the EU).
1 sep 2021
22 okt 2021
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Evaluatiemethoden:Participation, Take home exam
Trefwoorden:European integration; theory of European; history of European integration