European Studies


EUROG015 - Questions of European Integration

Value: 30 credits
Term: Term 2
Convenor: Mart Kuldkepp
Tutor: Tessa Hauswedell
Assessment: One assessed 6000 word essay/project (100%)

Module Description:

This module addresses a range of fundamental questions facing the European Union and its Member States. By examining the impact of the collapse of communism, the significance of a re-emergence of nationalism and the extent of political, economic and social convergence, it aims to assess the nature and feasibility of European integration at the start of the twenty-first century. Central themes – including enlargement and the drafting of a constitution – are explored on a European level or through an in-depth study of selected contemporary European states. There are no pre-requisites for this module. It is designed to appeal to students interested in Politics, History, Sociology, Social Sciences, and different aspects of European Studies.

Preparatory reading and set texts:

  • D.W.Urwin, Western Europe since 1945, 4th ed. (1989).
  • -- , The Community of Europe (1991).
  • J.R.Wegs and R.Ladrech, Europe since 1945, 5th revised edn. (2006).
  • D. Dinan, Europe Recast: A History of the European Union (2004).
  • J. Gillingham, European Integration, 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy (2003).
  • T. Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (2007).
  • M. Fulbrook (ed.), Europe since 1945 (2000).
  • D. Reynolds, One World Divisible: A Global History since 1945 (2000).
  • R. Vinen, History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century (2000), Pts III-V.
  • W.Lacqueur, Europe since Hitler (1970).
  • A. Wiener and T. Diez, European Integration Theory (2003).
  • B. Rosamond, Theories of European Integration (2000).

Please note: This module description is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.