This is most recent syllabus. Your final syllabus will be given during your first day of class
Europe is at the forefront of international regional integration: no other group of nation states has proceeded further in pooling sovereignty. The process of transforming Europe from a continent of often fractious nation-states into an integrated political system of shared laws and institutions has been unfolding since the end of World War Two. This course examines European integration as an essentially contested political process, which continues to divide and inspire nations, political parties and citizens alike. The course offers a comprehensive survey of three notable aspects of EU integration: its institutions and policy-making; controversies about what the EU does and should do; the democratic nature of the EU system.
The aim of the course is to analyze the EU as an international organization and as a political system. By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- trace the history of the process of European integration;
- understand the peculiarity of the European Union;
- display confident knowledge of the European political institutions and issues;
- assess the successes and failures of the EU.