What Kind of Europe? Crisis, Reform and the International Role of the European Union

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR270
  • Starting 2018

The European Union constitutes the most daring experiment in peaceful international cooperation in world history. 

The course will explore the origins, evolution and impact of the European Union in the light of current debates and controversies. It will highlight the tension between 'deepening' and 'widening' and the implications of these processes on the international role of the EU.

Dates for 2018 to be confirmed

Session: One
Dates: 19 June - 7 July 2017
Dr Spyros EconomidesDr Ulrich Sedelmeier and Dr Eiko Thielemann


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Some basic knowledge about the European Union and social sciences. The course is of particular interest to students interested in politics and international relations including international political economy, European studies and law.

Programme structure

  • The institutional and policy making foundations of the European Union
  • The debate about the EU's democratic legitimacy
  • Case studies in key policy areas, such as: economic & monetary union, mobility & free movement, asylum and immigration ('Fortress Europe'), etc.
  • The record and prospects of past and future rounds of enlargement
  • The evolving role of the EU as an international actor

Course outcomes

Students will examine the diverse political and economic reform pressures the EU and individual EU members currently face.


With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the International Relations and Government Departments, received one of the highest rankings.               

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE.

Reading materials

Nugent, N., Seventh Edition (2010) The Government and Politics of the European Union, Basingstoke: Macmillan (ISBN-10:0230241182).

Wallace, H. Pollack M. and A. Young, Seventh Edition (2014) Policy-making in the European Union, Oxford: OUP (ISBN-10:0199689679).

Hix, S. and B. Hoyland, Third Edition (2011), The Political System of the European Union, Basingstoke: Macmillan (ISBN-10:0230249825)

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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