The European Union in the New Millenium: Challenges of Integration

Course code HIST2735Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The process of European integration has been hailed as 'the most ambitious and most successful example of peaceful international cooperation in world history' (Andrew Moravcsik). In this course students are introduced to the study of this process and its result, the European Union, through different disciplinary lenses. For example, the common European currency, the Euro, and the project of a Europe without boundaries (the Schengen area) are addressed not just in terms of history, economics and law but also in relation to their sociological implications for European identity and for member-states' sovereignty. We will also examine the EU's official rhetoric as a global player on the world stage ('soft power Europe') against its accomplishments to date, using an International Relations perspective. Studying the EU's contemporary challenges against the background of European integration history, students will also be encouraged to contemplate its future in the light of present crises.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students should be able to:
1) demonstrate a broad historical understanding of the major institutions of the European Union and issues confronting its formation and development;
2) distil and synthesise from relatively complex bodies of literature material relevant to specific questions;
3) present distinctive interpretations in the form of argument;
4) sustain a high standard of critical analysis;
5) communicate orally at undergraduate level in a large discussion group;
6) demonstrate advanced research and writing skills.
ContentTopics are likely to include.
* Introduction to European Integration
* Architects of Integration
* From Coal and Steel: Post-World War II Europe
* From Rome to Maastricht: 1957-1992
* How Does the European Union Work?
* The Euro, Money and Markets
* Enlargement and Diversity
* Green issues and Farming: Agriculture and the Environment
* A Constitution for the EU?
* The EU's External Relations
* Australia and the European Union
* Citizenship, Migration and Asylum
* Unity in Vision and Reality: Europe's Regions, Regionalism, and Nationalism
Replacing Course(s)HIST3735 The European Union in the New Millennium: Challenges of Integration
HIST3730 The European Union (20 units)
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HIST3735 The European Union in the New Millennium: Challenges of Integration or HIST3730 The European Union will not be able to enrol in HIST2735
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent e.g Politics
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassFormal exam or class test, as specified in the course guide: 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper: 1000 words 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor essay: 2,000 words 40%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation, including tutorial presentation, demonstrating reading and preparation: 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term