Master in European Integration and Development

European Politics and Social Integration

The purpose of this one year Master program is to offer students an education of the highest academic standards on the European unification process. Below is the full description of all courses:

Institutional and Political Aspects of the European Integration
Professor: Angela Liberatore
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

The Course will explore key issues in the development of EU integration with focus on key issues and policies. The EU will be taken as the key unit of analysis, but attention will be given to both the internal (national, regional) and international actors and context.

Core themes of the Course include:
  • What is Europe, and what is European integration?
    Different theoretical perspectives (functionalism, intergovernmentalism, multilevel governance), historical perspectives (from post-World War II to latest enlargement), current debates (e.g. EU as 'superstate'? Defining borders of the EU?)
  • Who is 'the EU', and how it works?
    The EU institutions and decision-making processes, and their changes over time (with focus on the introduction of co-decision, 'new modes' of governance, and the Constitutional debate post-Nice); EU citizenship and the debate on democratizing the EU (from four freedoms to political rights; rights of non-citizens and Charter on Fundamental Rights; 'democratic deficit' and legitimacy issues; checks and balances and/vs politicization approaches).
  • Why should one bother?
    Examples from policy areas/issues in each of the pre-Lisbon Treaty 'pillars' will be discussed, namely environmental policies (e.g. climate change) and research policy (e.g. the 7th Framework Programme); CFSP/ESDP (e.g. some ESDP missions); JHA (e.g. counter-terrorism).
Students will be exposed to the above themes through the presentation and discussion of selected academic literature and the analysis of selected policy documents. They will be encouraged to deepen the examination of a specific topic (of agreed choice), make autonomous use of a wide range of resources, and offer ideas on issue they consider most important for the understanding of current and future developments in the EU.

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Theory of European Economic Integration
Professor: Caroline Buts
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

This course examines European integration from an economic perspective, with emphasis on both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course focuses in detail on the role and evolution that macro- and microeconomic structures and theories have played in providing the EU with its past and current market architecture. After going over the basis micro- and macroeconomic foundations, the course studies a variety of key EU policies such as competition, trade, agricultural, regional and monetary policy. Finally, the course offers an analysis of the Eurozone crisis by looking at the effects of the global recession on the fundamentals of the European economy.

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The Rule of Law in the EU
Professor: Irina Tanasescu
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

This course aims to provide EuroMaster students (of all backgrounds and following both specializations) with a solid basis for pursuing their interest, be it in the economic aspects of European integration or in the political and social dimensions of the Union. The point of departure is that students need to acquire a solid enough basis in EU law as to allow them to understand ANY development in EU policy-making. By the end of course, students should mainly:

- understand the basic principles of EU law

- know how the legal and institutional framework of the Union evolved over time, from the founding Treaties to the Treaty of Lisbon

- have a thorough understanding of how law is made, implemented and enforced at the EU level

- be comfortable in using the most essential EU-relevant legal concepts

- be familiar with the substantive law areas discussed in class

- be able to follow and understand debates on legal developments in the EU

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The EU and the Stakeholders of the Economy
Professor: Harri Kalimo
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

The internal market is often seen as the engine of the European integration project. The participants to the EU’s internal market—the different stakeholders in the European economy—have consequently always been of paramount importance to the development of Europe. In today’s global networked economy, their importance is only further emphasized.

This course therefore looks at the EU and its institutions, policies and processes through the lens of such “stakeholders of the European economy”. The focus is on the interests of the consumers, the industry, and the environmental organizations in particular. While the stakeholders of the economy are the theme of the lecture series, the lectures combine two distinct narratives: the internal market interests of the stakeholders of the economy, on the one hand, and representation of such interests in the EU system, on the other.

These two narratives are usually not dealt with together: through the combination of the internal market and interest representation, the lectures attempt to give the participants a more holistic vision of the European integration process. The lectures connect the economic, legal and political aspects into a multi-disciplinary vision on the EU.

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European Cultures and Mentalities in Historical Comparative Perspective
Professor: Peter Scholliers
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  oral exam

The course considers the history of food as a good "proxy" of general cultural developments. Food is much more than satisfying plain bodily functions; food and drink is about enjoyment, frustrations, and above all, social and cultural life. This goes beyond the simple act of eating or drinking: it involves how food is cooked, who is eating with whom and where, how people talk and write about food, how food is used to celebrate, who does the shopping and the dishes, et cetera.
Since long, the history of food has been studied, and many social researchers have stressed the function of food and drink as a cultural phenomenon. Hence, the use of food history in this course to learn about mentalities and cultures in Europe.

Various themes will be discussed, among which 'Food and Health', 'Food of the Elite', 'Gender, Age and Food',' History of the Restaurant', 'Snacks and Fast Food','Food and Identity Formation'. Broad social and economic historical developments will also be considered.

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Civil Society Representation and Diversity in the EU
Professor: Alison Woodward
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

1. Introduction to the structure of the course

The European Union: Unity in Diversity?

2. The European Union Institutions as channels for managing diversity 

Issues of identity and claiming in Europe

3. Interest representation, pressure, lobbying, and civil society 

The types of social interest groups in Europe and cultural variations in influence approaches

4. The mobilization of difference and construction of identities: old and new social movements and European transnational social movements -The example of European trade union organization

5.Diverse welfare regimes as consequences of collective action

Impact on European Demography and its consequences for interests

6. Gender: Men are from the North and women from the South? 

European variations on Mars and Venus 

7.The influence of the EU on the construction of gender and sexuality Representing gender(s) and sexual orientations- Intersecting identities

8.-Are there ‘Blacks’ and ‘Whites’ in Europe? 

Race and immigration in all their varieties -Migration as an element in civil society and basis for interest group formation?

9-10 Cultural differences: Region, language, ethnicity and nation and their impact on identity politics and interest group formation

11. Representation of cultural differences as interests in the European process 

Religion: Is Europe a Christian Space? Civil society and Religion in European Politics

12.Conclusions: Diversity channeled in civil society and possibilities for unity 

What channels and how? Making sense of unity and diversity through civil society

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EU Foreign Policy 
Contact hours: 26 Education form: lecture Exam:  written final

EU Foreign Policy (EUFP) focuses on European foreign policy, i.e. the ‘external dimension’ of European politics, exploring the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world. Following the successful ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the EU now stands poised to unleash significant foreign policy potential in its neighborhood, and beyond. This course therefore looks at three key issues: the broad policies by which the EU has come to define itself as a foreign policy actor, the tools with which it conducts its external affairs, and the EU’s roadmaps, or strategies that vary depending upon country, region or institution.

All three of these components are explored thematically, i.e. by reviewing the major facets of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, the post-Lisbon transformation to a widened set of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy’ (FASP), including security, defence, trade and development relations, the geopolitics of its Neighbourhood policy, including shifting dynamics with Russia, the US, its eastern and southern neighbors in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Broader themes to be examined will include the impact of global developments on Europe, the international significance of European integration, and the role of multi-level governance in underpinning facets of EU ‘actorness’.

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Master Thesis
thesis supervisor chosen on an individual basis
Independent study Education form: master thesis Exam:  master thesis

The students must choose out of the block with subjects offered, a domain in which he/she will write his/her master thesis.

  • Subject of Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • Subject of European Citizenship and Identity
  • Subject of Sustainable Development and Ecological Issues
  • Subject of Migration and Multicultural Europe
  • Subject of EU Social and Educational Policies   

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