History and Institutions of European Integration

Course Information
TitleΙστορία και θεσμοί της Ευρωπαϊκής Ενοποίησης / History and Institutions of European Integration
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorNikolaos Pasamitros
Course ID600021993

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course425

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (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 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. Then, it studies 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, EU institutions
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
The lectures are each presented in the form of power point presentations that are posted in the e-learning of the course. The entire course (lectures of the academic year 2015-6) is in the open courses of AUTh. The e-learning of the course includes notes and podcasts from the instructor on various topics of the course.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment883.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities5.50.2
Student Assessment
Final examination (70% of the final grade) and partial tests during the semester (15% of the final grade each)
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)
Λιαργκόβα - Παπαγεωργίου: Το ευρωπαϊκό φαινόμενο - Ιστορία, θεσμοί και πολιτικές. Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2017 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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