EUR2201 - European Integration Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 100/100 HJELPEMIDD

Course content

Why have European nation states voluntarily pooled sovereignty within the framework of what is now the European Union? How can we account for both the big steps in integration through Treaty change as well as the more incremental integration in between? Who are the main actors driving integration forward? How can we explain that some European countries have decided to be full members of the EU while others remain less integrated? The course presents central theoretical approaches to study European integration within the framework of the European Union and other forms of cooperation among European countries. These approaches are used to assess, explain and understand European integration, and to analyze the system of the EU as it functions today.

Learning outcome

Students will
- be familiar with normative theories on European integration,
- have in-depth knowledge of theoretical approaches to the study of the process of European integration (EEC/EC/EU), with emphasis on what explains integration,
- have detailed knowledge of the different ways to explain and analyse how the EU functions as a political system, with emphasis on the interaction between the different levels of governance (supranational, national, regional/local).

Students will be able
- to utilize theoretical approaches to analytically discuss the reasons for European integration,
- to use theoretical approaches to analytically discuss how the EU functions,
- to link theories on European integration to historical and contemporary events and developments in the process of European integration,
- to provide critical and constructive feedback on essays in European studies.
- to derive concrete empirical expectations from abstract theoretical approaches.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and discussions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Quizzes
  • Draft essays

Further on evaluation

In the event of a legitimate absence or a failed exam, students can apply to the Department of Historical Studies for re-sitting the examination the following semester. Students who have obtained a passing grade but wish to improve their grade have to register for class and sit the ordinary exam when the course is taught. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR2001 7.5 2008-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 HJELPEMIDD



Spring UTS Portfolio assessment 100/100 HJELPEMIDD
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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