European Integration: History, Theory and Institutions

Course Information
TitleΙστορία, Θεωρίες και Θεσμοί της Ευρωπαϊκής Ολοκλήρωσης / European Integration: History, Theory and Institutions
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorIoannis Papageorgiou
Course ID100001055

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 295
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course425

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will: - Have full knowledge of the history of European integration, - Know the basic elements of the various stages of EU integration after WW II - Be able to analyze sufficiently the political developments of the EU. - Be able to to understand the current political reality of the EU based on the knowledge of the past.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to introduce students to the study of European integration from a historical and theoretical perspective. First, it examines the evolution of the European project and the ideas on the unification of the continent that were developed in the past. Τhen, it stuies the process of formation of the ΕC/EU after the 2nd World War and up until the present. Furthermore, the course analyzes the process of European integration both through the prism of the theories of regional integration and through the specific steps taken by the Union. Finally, the course introduces students to the European institutions and their evolution within the European political system. The lectures are structured as follows: 1. The concept of regional integration before the 20th century - Kant. Proudhon. The inter-war plans for cooperation between European people. European federation in the resistance movements. The Manifesto of Ventotene. 2. Factors that contributed to the post-war integration. The birth of federal movements after World War II. The Congress of The Hague. The Council of Europe. 3. The creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. The innovative character of supranational integration. 4. Efforts to set up a Political Union. The European Defence Community. 5. The birth of the EEC Its objectives and institutional framework. The consolidation of the Community in the 1960s. The conflict between supranational and intergovernmental approaches. The Luxembourg compromise. 6. The EEC during the 1970s. The first enlargement. The institutional and political developments of the 1980s. The Draft Treaty of 1984. The Single European Act. The Single Market. 7. Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Treaty of Maastricht. The creation of the European Union. Institutional characteristics and policies. 8. The deepening and the «communitarization» of the EU. The Treaties of Amsterdam and Nice. The enlargement towards Eastern Europe. 9. The «constitutionalisation» of the EU. The Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty. 10. The EU in crisis. 11. The main theories of regional integration. Federalism. Intergovernmentalism. 12. Functionalism and neo-functionalism. 13. Contemporary theories of regional integration. Liberal intergovernmentalism. Multilevel governance.
european integration, history, integration theories
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The course is presented in the form of POWER POINT presentations to be found in the course’s website. In addition, during class, other audiovisual material is also presented to enhance understanding of the course.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment883.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Student Assessment
Final examination and progress tests
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κ. Στεφάνου, Αρ. Φατούρος, Θ. Χριστοδουλίδης (επιμ.), Εισαγωγή στις Ευρωπαϊκές Σπουδές - Ενοποιητική Δυναμική, Δικαιότητα, Διακυβέρνηση. Aθήνα: Εκδόσεις Ι. Σιδέρης, 2006. Θ. Χριστοδουλίδης, Από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ιδέα στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση (4η Έκδοση). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Ι. Σιδέρης, 2010.
Additional bibliography for study
D. Dinan, Europe Recast: A History of European Union (2nd Edition). Boulder (CO): Lynne Rienner, 2014. S. Berglund, J. Ekman, H. Vogt, F. Aarebrot, The Making of the European Union: Foundations, Institutions And Future Trends. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006. M. Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (επιµ.), Debates on European Integration: A Reader. London: Palgrave, 2006. J. Peterson, M. Shackleton, (επιµ.), The Institutions of the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. B. Rosamond, Theories of European Integration. London: Palgrave, 2000.
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