Other faculty — PhD
EUS 348 • Europ Union/Regional Integratn
TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.210
(also listed as
GOV 365N )
*INSTRUCTOR JAN WIELGOHS
This course is designed to provide students with a detailed introduction to the European Union, one of America’s major economic and political partners and one of the major actors (and problem areas) in contemporary international relations. In this course students will learn how the EU came about, how the EU component institutions are designed and how they work with each other, and how the EU functions in international relations. Students will also be able to more fully understand the causes and consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis that threatens to undermine not merely the euro currency but the survival of the entire European Union itself.
Topics: historical context of the creation of European Communities (ideal origins, post-war situation in Europe, European Coal and Steel Community, Treaty of Rome); institutions and policies of the European Communities (EC); enlargements until 1992; founding and reformation of the European Union (Treaty of Maastricht 1992, European Monetary Union and pillar structure of the EU, constitutional process, Reform Treaty of Lisbon 2009); enlargements (1995, 2004/7); EU agendas (Lisbon Strategy 2000, Europe 2020); Common Foreign and Security Policy. The seminar introduces into basic concepts (negative and positive integration, supranational decision-making and intergovernmental governance like Open method of Coordination) and major problems of European integration (economic and cultural diversity, constitutional asymmetry, democracy and legitimacy, Euro-scepticism). Special attention is devoted to causes of and responses to the current Euro-Crisis as well as the impact on further integration.
One 15 page research paper: 50 %
Two group presentations (10 minutes): 20 % each
In-class peer review activities on these presentations: 10 %
Primary course texts:
Gillingham, John (2003) : European Integration 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy? Cambridge UP
Hix, Simon (2005): The Political System of the European Union. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan
Marks, G. / Scharpf F.W. / Schmitter P.C. / Streeck W.(eds.) (1996): Governance in the European Union. London: Sage
Moravcsik, Andrew (1998): The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Rome to Maastricht. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP
Colin Crouch and Wolfgang Streeck (eds.) (29006): The Diversity of Democracy. Corporatism, Social Order and Political Conflict: Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Scharpf, Fritz (1999): Governing in Europe: Effective and Democratic? Oxford: Oxford UP
Streeck, Wolfgang (2011): The Crisis in Context. Democratic Capitalism and its Contradictions. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society, Discussion Paper 11/15.