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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084333, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track EUROPEAN POLICIES [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANTONIO VARSORI SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/06 History of International Relations 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

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Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: The student would have a basic knowledge of the European history during the Twentieth Century with a particular emphasis on the period since the Second World War. as well as of the most relevant international dynamics, especially the Cold War, the decolonization process and the North-South relationship.
Target skills and knowledge: The student must have a basic knowledge of the major points of reference of the historical approach and methods. At the end of the course he must have a thourogh knowledge of the events, the dynamics and turning points related to the topics of the course. He must be able also to analyse in a critical way the issues dealt with and to offer some interpretation.
Examination methods: The exam will be an oral one. Moreover groups of students will work on some topics and the results of their activities will be presented, a general discussion will follow.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the following criteria: the knowledge of the themes dealt with in the course, the interpretative skills and the ability to offer some autonomous interpretation.
Course unit contents: The course will deal with the following topics:
1) some basic remarks on methodological issues (the origins of the history of the European integration, the major interpretions, the sources, etc.)
2) The origins of the European integrations and its close links with the Cold War and US foreign policy
3)The turning point of the early 1950s and the functionalist approach (the Schuman Plan and the Pleven Plan)
4) The early crisis of the European project (the collapse of the European Defence Community)
5) The relaunching of Europe (fron the Messina Conference to the Rome Treaties): EEC and EURATOM
6)The European integrations in the de Gaulle era (economic achievements and political difficulties)
7) The new relaunching of Europe of the early 1970s ("enlargement", "completion" and "deepening")
8)The new characters of the European integration during the 1970s
9) The European Community in world politics (the relationship with the US, the North-South relationship, the crisis of Southern Europe)
10) The political, economic and social changes of the early 1980s (neo-liberalism, computer revolution, early globalization)
11) The turning point of the period 1985/1992 (the Delors Commission, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Maastricht Treaty)
12) The results of both the EMU and EU (achievements and failures)
13) the great illusion of Europe as a civilian power and the Constitutional Treaty
14) the beginnig of the European crisis (from the economic crisis of 2007/2008 to the emergence of the euroskepticism)
15) The deepening of the crisis: causes and perspctives
16) the History of the European integration and its interpretation of the European crisis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: the course will be based on lessons. There will be occasion for discussion on the topics dealt with.
Additional notes about suggested reading: the students will base their study on the lessons and some text books
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mark Gilbert, European Integration A Concise History. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Varsori, Antonio; Kaiser, Wolfram, European Union historythemes and debatesedited by Wolfram Kaiser and Antonio Varsori. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

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