Core Course Videos

EU424 The Idea of Europe

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Contributor(s): Professor Maurice Fraser

Released on 15 April 2014.

This course examines the cultural and intellectual origins of Europe in Ancient Greece and Christendom; the emergence of a shared European cultural space in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; contested definitions of Europe's final frontier and eligibility for EU membership; rationales of empire and the distinction between 'civilisation' and 'barbarism'; the fissile interplay of rationalism and romanticism; the uses and abuses of instrumental reason; secularisation and the role of Christianity in the public space; the 'universal mission' of Europeans and the idea of rights; and definitions of the European 'project'.

EU435 History and Theory of European Integration

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Contributor(s): Dr Mareike Kleine

Released on 15 April 2014.

This course is an introduction to the causes and nature of European integration. The topic is presented from a historical, social scientific and normative perspective. We critically examine various theories of, and current debates about European integration by studying the process of integration, its effect on EU member states and third actors, and its constitutional character. The first part of the course analyses different stages in the integration process, asking why and how member states surrendered more and more power to European institutions. The second part discusses a number of big questions that this transfer of power raises. At the end of this course you will have gained an overview of the history of European integration, integration theories and their intellectual history, the political system of the European Union, and current public and scholarly debates about European Union politics.

EU447 Democracy, Ideology and the European State

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Contributor(s): Dr Jonathan White

Released on 15 April 2014.

This course investigates democracy, ideology and the state as three core features of modern Europe. It charts their emergence as concepts, their historical evolution as political practices, and their fate in Europe today.

EU452 Political Economy of Europe

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Contributor(s): Dr Waltraud Schelkle

Released on 15 April 2014.

This course is the core course for the MSc Political Economy of Europe. It introduces key concepts that help understand the different processes of political-economic integration of different welfare states and 'model(s) of capitalism'.

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