EU435      Half Unit
History and Theory of European Integration

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mareike Kleine COW 1.01


This course is compulsory on the MSc in EU Politics and MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available on the MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in International Political Economy, MSc in International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research), MSc in International Relations Theory, MSc in Management and MSc in Management (CEMS MIM). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

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 course is designed accordingly. 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. For example, what are the consequences of the single market and currency on the national economy and welfare state? What are the consequences of the EU's political and judicial system for national politics? What is the source and nature of the EU's power in world politics? We conclude by reflecting on the debate about its democratic deficit and the future of European integration. 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.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy. 

Formative coursework

Two 2,000-word essays are set and marked by the seminar teacher.

Indicative reading

No single book is exactly coterminous with the syllabus. The following are useful background readings that are recommended for purchase: Desmond Dinan, Europe Recast: A History of European Union. 2nd edition. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2014; Ben Rosamond, Theories of European Integration, Macmillan, 2000; A Moravcsik, The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose & State Power from Messina to Maastricht, London, UCL Press, 1998; Ian Bache, Stephen George and Simon Bulmer, Politics in the European Union. 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2011.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 14.1
Merit 65.7
Pass 18.8
Fail 1.4

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2014/15: 73

Average class size 2014/15: 15

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication