• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Annmarie Elijah
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The European Union is the most advanced supranational polity on the plant, but how did it get that way?  Was it the Grand Design of far-sighted visionaries, or merely an unintended consequence of past decisions and policies?  This course poses such questions and introduces students to the history and theory of European integration.  By examining the political history of the European Union, students will discover the theories used to explain the unique degree of political integration that has characterised the European state system since the end of World War Two.

The course is divided into two parts.  The first covers the political history of European integration since World War Two.  The second covers the major theoretical positions that have arisen to explain that same process of political integration.  The two parts of the course will reinforce each other, with the second part taking the historical development of European integration as its source material but making the theoretical dimensions explicit.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the main theoretical positions used to explain European integration;
  2. Identify the episodes in post-War European history that have led to advances in integration theory;
  3. Analyse different historical and political explanations of European integration that privilege one theory over others;
  4. Apply knowledge of these theories to predict possible directions in future European integration.

Indicative Assessment

One research essay on Part A, 2000 words (40%) (LO2, 4)

One research essay on Part B, 2000 words (40%) (LO3, 4)

Short assessment on Parts A and B, 1000 words  (20%) (LO 1, 4)

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The workload for this course comprises of a total of 130 hours spread over 13 weeks of teaching. If enrolments are 5 or less it will be taught as a reading course. If enrolments are between 6 and 89 it will be taught with a one-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week. If enrolments are 90 and above the course will revert to a two hour lecture and one hour tutorial format.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed EURO2003

Prescribed Texts

McAllister, Richard (2010). European Union: an historical and political survey. London: Routledge.

Eilstrop-Sangiovani, Mette. (2006). Debates on European Integration: a reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8535 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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