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European Integration



This seminar discusses the application of major theoretical approaches to explain developments in the European Union (EU) and studies recent institutional changes in the EU, in a comparison of the situation before and after the Treaty of Lisbon (ToL). We analyze how the role and influence of different actors in the EU has been adapting over time and study how the EU’s external representation works in the post-Lisbon era.

Course objectives

The course familiarizes students with theories and approaches focusing on European integration and with recent developments and institutional adaptations in the European Union (EU). Students will learn how political processes affect the ways in which EU institutions act and how the EU operates in areas such as external action and economic and monetary governance. On the basis of short essays and a research paper, students learn how to analyse and interpret recent steps in European integration.


On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

The seminar is based on active student participation. It includes lectures followed by class discussion and an excursion to EU institutions in Brussels.

Course Load

Total: 140 hours

  • Lectures and seminars: 28 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 70 hours

  • Essays and research paper: 42 hours


Students will be evaluated based on two short essays (25 percent each), a research paper (40 percent) and class participation (10 percent).

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.


All information relevant to this course will be posted on the Blackboard course site.

Reading list

A selection of recent journal articles and manuscripts on themes related to European integration.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Prof. dr. Madeleine Hosli:


For MIRD students only.