PSCI 3207 V - The Government and Politics of European Integration

The process of European integration; the European Union and its institutions; core EU policies, challenges to the integration process (e.g. democratic legitimacy, enlargement); theories of European integration. Prerequisite(s): third-year standing.

The European Union (EU) is the most far-reaching project of regional economic and political integration in the world. Initiated in the 1950s in an attempt to prevent further wars on the continent, the EU today influences virtually all areas of policy making. With the Lisbon Treaty, the EU has reformed its institutional structure and introduced additional mechanisms for democratic input by citizens and interest groups. Yet the EU also faces significant challenges: The Eurozone financial crisis has exposed the structural weaknesses of its flagship project, the Euro. In international affairs, the EU's voice often remains weak. Domestically, public support for the integration project remains fragile, and Euroskepticism is on the rise in a number of member states.

To put these observations into perspective, this course provides an introduction to the political system and policy processes of the EU. It also examines the most important theories of European integration, surveys major fields of EU policy making, and discusses some of the challenges that the EU is facing in the second decade of the 21st century. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the main aspects of EU politics and will have a solid understanding of core concepts and controversies in EU Studies.

CRN for section V: 14538

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 14539

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:35am to 12:55pm, 404 SA

Instructor: Achim Hurrelmann

Achim Hurrelmann

About the instructor: Achim Hurrelmann is Director of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. He is also an Associate Professor of political science and holds the Jean Monnet Chair "Democracy in the European Union.”

Achim's research and teaching focuses on European Union politics, especially issues relating to its democratic quality and its legitimacy in the population. Achim enjoys teaching PSCI 3207 because it gives him a chance to explain why the European Union, despite its dull and bureaucratic appearance, is such a fascinating object of study.

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