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European integration has become an important research program in Political Science/International Relations for a variety of reasons, starting with the most basic of questions: Why do States seek to integrate into closer ties with one another? The answer to this question (and related questions) are often answered from a variety of theoretical view points. The purpose of this course would be to analyze those particular theoretical approaches to European integration in order to better understand not only the progression of European integration over time, but at the same time, to better analyze the future paths of integration.
The course will be divided into three separate by equally related parts. The first part will focus on the various theoretical approaches to European integration. The second part will take a closer look at the inner workings to the European Union (EU) and its impact on the domestic context. Lastly, the third part will focus on the important Enlargement policy of the EU.
Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:
The reading list (the reader) will be composed of a number of selected chapters from various textbooks. The reader will be distributed by the professor through e-mail (no purchase of reading materials is required).
The various selected chapters will be pulled out of the following books:
Wiener, Antje, and Thomas Diez. European Integration Theory (Second Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Featherstone, Kevin, and Claudio M. Radaelli, eds. The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Schimmelfennig, Frank, and Ulrich Sedelmeier, eds. The Politics of European Union Enlargement: Theoretical Approaches. Routledge, 2005.
Attendance & Punctuality: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. Absences will not be excused, since students will be allowed to miss up to 3 hours per semester without it affecting the attendance grade (so you should save these absences for unforeseen events, like illness or family emergencies). In addition, students should refrain from arriving late without prior approval from the professor (or the hour will be counted as an absence). The grades for attendance will be as follows (please note that they are for hours missed and not days):
Exams: There will be two in-class exams during the semester. The first will be the midterm exam, accounting for 25% of the final grade; and the second will be the final exam, accounting for another 25% of the final grade. The two exams will consists of open-ended questions related to what’s been discussed in class up to that point. In other words, the midterm will consist of questions related to weeks 1 though 7 of the course; while the final exam will be cumulative and consists of all 15 weeks.
Research Paper: Each student will also be required to submit an original research paper on a topic of European integration. Original ideas are always welcomed, but most be approved by the professor. Research paper is to consist of 7-10 pages of double-spaced text (12 point font). Paper will account for 30% of the final grade.
|Attendance and Participation||10%|
|*Please note that no extra credit will be given to any student for any assignment.|
Criteria: The criteria of evaluation will be based on how well the student has fulfilled the projected learning outcomes established for the course.
Each aspect of your work for the course will receive a letter grade. Each grade will be converted to a numerical value, multiplied by the appropriate percentage, and added to your other grades to arrive at a final grade.
|Letter Grade||Percent (%)||Generally Accepted Meaning|
|B+||87-89||Good work, distinctly above average|
|D+||67-69||Work that is significantly below average|
|F||0-59||Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course|
Conduct: Students are expected to behave in class with civility and appropriate etiquette toward professors and one another. Please set your cell phones on silent before class begins and refrain from using them until class is over.
Academic Integrity (Plagiarism): UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. You have all read and signed the UNYT Student Honor Code with a detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Those caught plagiarising (attempting to represent the work of another as their own) will fail the course. Note that plagiarism includes using phrases or sentences from a published work without putting that material in quotation marks and documenting the source.
Email Communication: It is absolutely necessary for the professor to be able to communicate with the entire class via email. In addition to the Midterm and Final, I will periodically send the class important materials or updates. This semester, I will also be sending weekly questions on the readings. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that the professor has an up-to-date and full functioning email address. It is also up to the student to keep an eye out for such emails and read them and any attachments fully.
Support Services: As a service to its students, UNYT has created a series of support centers. For support related to study skills and time management, the Academic Support Center offers students tutoring and coaching. The Writing Center gives students feedback and help with papers and other writing assignments. If you feel that you have any exceptional learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, you can stop by the UNYT Counseling Center. For information on any of these centers, please contact Dr. Cenko, Dr. Canollari, your academic advisor or me.
|Week||Dates||Topics and Readings|
|PART 1: THEORY|
| CLASS RESCHADULED FOR OCT. 23 FROM 1:30PM-4:30PM
INTEGRATION THEORY AND EUROPEANIZATION
Readings: Wiener & Diez: Chapter 1; Featherstone & Radaelli: Chapter 1.
| FEDERALISM & Neofunctionalism
Readings: Wiener & Diez: Chapters 2&3.
|Liberal Intergovernmentalism & New institutionalism
Readings: Wiener & Diez: Chapters 4&7.
|CASE STUDIES: FRANCE and GERMANY
Readings: Kassim, et. al.: Chapters 2&3.
|CASE STUDIES: SPAIN and PORTUGAL
Readings: Kassim, et. al.: Chapters 5&6.
|No class (holiday)|
|PART 2: THE EU AND PUBLIC POLICY|
|EUROPEANIZATION AND PUBLIC POLICY
Readings: Featherstone & Radaelli: Chapter 2.
| GOVERNANCE APPROACHES
Readings: Wiener & Diez: Chapter 5.
| Policy networks
Readings: Wiener & Diez: Chapter 6.
|PART 3: ENLARGEMENT|
| THEORIZING EU ENLARGEMENT
Readings: Schimmelfennig & Sedelmeier: Chapter 1.
| the demand-side of enlargement
Readings: Schimmelfennig & Sedelmeier: Chapter 3.
| The supply-side of enlargement
Readings: Schimmelfennig & Sedelmeier: Chapter 7&9.
| THE EASTERN ENLARGEMENT
Readings: Featherstone & Radaelli: Chapter 13.
(Final Exam Review)
|XVI||February 8||RESEARCH PAPER DUE RIGHT BEFORE CLASS (either by email or in paper)