The European Union in the New Millenium: Challenges of Integration

Course code HIST2735
Not available in 2015

Description

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.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

Topics 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3730. Students who have successfully completed HIST3730 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2735.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent e.g Politics

Assessment Items

Essay: Major essay

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

In Term Test: Formal exam or class test

Participation: Class participation

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term