• Class Number 4754
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Patrick Dumont
    • Prof Patrick Dumont
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The European Union is the most advanced supranational polity on the planet, 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 have the knowledge and skills 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.

Required Resources

Resources for this unit will be provided either on the Wattle site or through the ANU Library system. We will be relying on web resources and electronic journals. Some further materials will be provided in class.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • verbal feedback
  • written feedback
  • in-class feedback
  • individual feedback in consultations.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Referencing requirements

In-text referencing or footnotes are acceptable. Referencing must be consistent and meet School and College guidelines. These will be discussed in class. All assignments should include a reference list in alphabetical order. Any evidence of un-referenced direct quotation will be heavily penalised and deliberate plagiarism will be dealt with according to ANU policy.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Presentation of the course outline (topics week by week) and introduction in class Note: no tutorials on week 1

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Essay 1 40 % 02/04/2019 01/01/9999 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 2 40 % 28/05/2019 01/01/9999 1,2,3,4
Participation 20 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Preparation (mainly readings) is expected from the students both in class and tutorials. Active participation in discussions during tutorials including short presentations will be subject to assessment (20% value). Note: no tutorials in week 1.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay 1

Details of task: Essay questions will be distributed at the end of week 4 lecture.

The assessment rubric will be available on the Wattle site.

Word limit: 2,500

Value: 40%

Estimated return date: Three weeks after submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay 2

Details of task: Essay questions will be distributed at the end of week 8 lecture.

The assessment rubric will be available on the Wattle site.

Word limit: 2,500

Value: 40%

Estimated return date: Three weeks after submission

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Preparation (mainly readings) is expected from the students both in class and tutorials. Active participation in discussions during tutorials including short presentations will be subject to assessment (20% value). Note: no tutorials in week 1.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will be able to access their assignments with grades and feedback on the Wattle site. Assignments will be returned according to College policy.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may be given permission to resubmit assignments in particular circumstances, for example inadvertent plagiarism.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Patrick Dumont

Research Interests

Political elites, executive-legislative relations, parties and party systems, coalition theory, elections

Prof Patrick Dumont

Prof Patrick Dumont

Research Interests

Prof Patrick Dumont

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions