EU Integration Workshop

Name of module

European Integration - workshop

Target group(s)

Students of international relations, political science and social sciences

Level (Bachelor, Master)

Master

Years of study

3rd

Required knowledge

Basic information on the European Union

Number of hours (total, % of face-to-face)

30 (50%)

Credits granted

3

Learning objective(s)

  • Analyze essential theoretical base of the economic and political integrations, its origins, models and forms
  • To provide students knowledge and understanding of the main European Union institutions and terminology, as well as the relations between the institutions.
  • Understand the factors that influence political integration of European Union.
  • Examine common policies of the European Union.
  • Analyze main documents (Maastricht Treaty, EU Constitution)
  • Understand the evolution of aims and principles of the European Communities
  • Analyze the economic dimension of the European integration
  • Examine the main processes, challenges and obstacles connected with deepening of economic integration of EU
  • Examine how the enlargement process influences political and economic position of the EU in the international relations
  • Analyze the future of European Integration

Content

1. Introduction to the courses – theoretical aspects

    1.1. Models, forms and aims of international economic integration

    1.2. Economic integration as a mean of achieving political unity

    1.3. The concepts of European integration

2. European Integration – institutional aspects

    2.1 Main EU Institutions (student presentation)

    2.2 EU’s enlargement influence on EU Institutions (case study)

3. European Union Constitution – origin, aims, principles and significance

    3.1 Position of EU member states regarding European Constitutions (negotiating of EU Constitutions – role play)

    3.2 EU Foreign Policy in European Constitutions (case study)

    3.3 Debate on European Constitution

4. European Integration – economic aspects

    4.1. Capital flows – law regulations, structure of flows, their significance and implications for countries (presentation and discussion)

    4.2. Labour force flow and migrations in EU (case study – Turkey’s accession to EU)

    4.3. EMU – origin, aims and how does it work (students’ presentation)

5. European Integration – social and cultural aspects

    5.1. European Identity – common values and European diversity (students’ presentation)

    5.2. European Identity and future of EU enlargement (discussion)

6. The Significance of European Union

    6.1. The position and role of the EU in International Relations (students’ presentation)

7. The future of the European Union - Conclusion and Policy Implications

    7.1. Presentation and description of confederation and federal models

    7.2.EU: a super-state or a Europe of nations? (debate)

Teaching methods

  • Lecturing
  • Presentations made by students
  • Case studies
  • Group discussion
  • Role play (optional)

Material, sources, literature

Documents:

  • Bieleń Stanisław, Prawo w stosunkach międzynarodowych. Wybór dokumentów, Warszawa 2004
  • Traktat z Nicei zmieniający Traktat o Unii Europejskiej, Traktat ustanawiający Wspólnotę Europejską oraz niektóre związane z nimi akty prawne, Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych, Warszawa, 15 lutego 2001
  • Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe,http://europa.eu.int (including graphics)

 

 Books and articles:

  • Parzymies Stanisław, Stosunki międzynarodowe w Europie 1945-2004,
    Dialog, Warszawa 2005
  • Bachman Klaus, Konwent o przyszłości Europy, Oficyna Wydawnicza ATUT – Wrocławskie Wydawnictwo Oświatowe, Wrocław 2004
  • Milczarek Dariusz, Pozycja i rola Unii Europejskiej w stosunkach międzynarodowych, Centrum Europejskie UW, Warszawa 2003
  • McCormick John, Understanding The European Union. A Concise Introduction, Palgrave, Basingstoke 1999
  • Zajączkowski Jakub, Unia Europejska w stosunkach międzynarodowych, ASPRA-JR, Warszawa 2006
  • Parzymies Stanisław, Stosunki międzynarodowe w Europie 1945-2004, Dialog, Warszawa 2005
  • Hix Simon, The Political System of the European Union, Palgrave, Basingstoke 1999
  • Nugent Neil, The Government and Politics of the European Union, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 1999

 

Internet resources:

Main instructor(s) of the module

Dr Aleksandra Jarczewska-Romaniuk, Warsaw University, Institute of International Relations

Co-operating authors

To be announced

Status of work a) First draft b) Work in progress c) Tested and finalised d) Published

b)

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