History and Institutions of European Integration

Course Information
TitleHistory and Institutions of European Integration / History and Institutions of European Integration
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorIoannis Papageorgiou
Course ID600022581

Programme of Study: International Studies: Specialization in European Studies

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the 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 understand the current political reality of the EU based on the knowledge of the past
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the study of European integration from a historical and institutional perspective. It firstly examines the evolution of the European project and the formation process of today's European Union (EU) in the context of the post-war history of the continent. In addition, the course analyzes the progress of European integration as a step-by-step process, focusing particularly on the discussion of the main turning points / critical junctures through which the European project has passed. Finally, the lectures introduce students to the European institutions, combining the study of the internal structure and evolution of each one with an analysis of the inter-institutional relations and balances within the EΘ political system. Course modules 1. The European Coal and Steel Community and the supranational method of integration 2. The genesis and consolidation of the European Economic Community. The tension between supranationalism and intergovernmentalism and the Luxembourg compromise. 3. Widening and deepening during the 1970s and 1980s. The first enlargements, the internal market program and the Single European Act. 4. Europe after the fall of the Wall. The Maastricht Treaty and the creation of the European Union. 5. Deepening and widening during the 1990s and 2000s. The treaties of Amsterdam and Nice and the great Eastern enlargement. 6. The Constitutional Treaty and the Treaty of Lisbon. The question of the democratic deficit in the EU. 7. The EU in the age of polycrisis: the Eurozone crisis, the immigration crisis and Brexit. 8. The E.U. in the age of polycrisis: the pandemic crisis and the war in Ukraine. 9. Supranational institutions of the Union: the European Commission and the European Parliament. 10. Supranational institutions of the Union: the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Central Bank. 11. Intergovernmental institutions of the EU: the Council and the European Council. 12. Decision-making and policy-making processes in the EU. 13. Review and prospects.
European Union, European integration, deepening, widening, polycrisis, European institutions
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1405.1
Written assigments933.4
Student Assessment
The course is organized around seminars; students are actively encouraged to prepare on a weekly basis, participate, present papers and guide the course. Attendance is compulsory and the final grade is a combination of attendance, papers presented and the final exam. The final grade will be based on students' participation in lectures (20%), their performance in the tasks assigned during the semester (40%) and on their performance in the final exam (40%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
- Berglund, S., Ekman, J., Vogt, H. and Aarebrot, F. (2006), The Making of the European Union: Foundations, Institutions and Future Trends. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. - Dinan, D. (2014) Europe Recast: A History of European Union (2nd Edition), Boulder (CO): Lynne Rienner. - Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, M. (ed.) (2006) Debates on European Integration: A Reader, London: Palgrave. - Hix, S. and Høyland, B. (2022) The Political System of the European Union (Fourth Edition), London : Bloomsbury Publishing. - Nugent, N. (2017) The Government and Politics of the European Union (8th Edition), London: Bloomsbury Publishing. - Peterson, J. and Shackleton, M. (eds.) (2012) The Institutions of the European Union (3d Edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press. - Tsoukalis, L. (2022) Europe's Coming of Age, Cambridge: Polity Press. - van Meurs, W., de Bruin, R., van de Grift, L., Hoetink, C., van Leeuwen, K., and Reijnen, C. (2018) The Unfinished History of European Integration, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
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