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2017/2018  BA-BEUBV1011U  Theoretical perspectives on European Integration

English Title
Theoretical perspectives on European Integration

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for Bachelor of Arts in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Kristian L. Nielsen - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Political leadership and public management
  • Political Science
Last updated on 26-09-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: 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.
Theoretical Perspectives on European Integration:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
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 Winter
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 aspects of the European Union. 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, economic and monetary integration, and the EU's external actorness.


Discussion of paper writing, and how to apply theory to academic analysis will also be a major part of the course.

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.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback on their paper outlines and problem statements, as well as suggestions for improvements, either by e-mail or, if needed, through one-on-one meetings. There will also be in-class discussions on paper writing.
Students are also welcome to seek additional feedback on the paper after the assessment.
Student workload
Classes 36 hours
Preparation for classes 130 hours
Final paper 40 hours
Further Information

Changes in course schedule may occur.

Last updated on 26-09-2017