• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject European Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, European Studies, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Indicative Assessment

One research essay on Part A, 2000 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 2, 4
One research essay on Part B, 2000 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4
Short assessment on Parts A and B, 1000 words  (20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials over 12 weeks; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EURO3001.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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