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2014/2015  BA-BIVKV1051U  History and Theory of European Integration

English Title
History and Theory of European Integration

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Kristian L. Nielsen - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 11-04-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Discuss therelative merits and applicability of major theoretical frameworks for analysing European integration ;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of European integration;
  • Analyse the history and function of the EU through theoretical models;
  • Write a fully-referenced research paper;
  • Formulate a research problem, and incorporate appropriate theoretical models.
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Essay
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
In this course various theoretical frameworks for understanding European integration will be introduced and  the different explanatory models applied to different phases in the EU's history. A core focus will be on the linking of theory and analysis, and how theory is employed in academic work.

During the course we will cover general IR theories like realism and liberalism and their views on regional cooperation; some of the classic theories of European integration like neofunctionalism and liberal intergovernmentalism; the debates on federalism; social constructivism; newer approaches like multilevel governance and supranational governance theories; and lastly will also deal with topics like democracy in the EU and the EU's external actorness.

The course will not go into deep details on specific policy areas, but will rather be on the width and scope of European integration and how it impacts on national level politics and on citizens.
Teaching methods
The course will consist of teacher’s presentations and active classroom discussions where we will seek to link the theoretical and empirical aspects. Students are expected to participate actively in these activities based on the reading materials.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur.
Tuesday 11.40-14.15, week 36-41, 43-48.
Last updated on 11-04-2014