EU487      Half Unit
European Integration from a Global Governance Perspective

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mareike Kleine CBG 6.07


This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in The Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE and Fudan). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students who have little or no background in political science, international relations, public policy or related disciplines are strongly advised to take the EU4V9 Moodle course.

Course content

Distances on a world scale are shrinking through the emergence and thickening of networks of connection – a process commonly referred to as globalization. The process is far from complete, with Europe being highly integrated and other regions lagging behind. This course engages recent positive and normative scholarship in various disciplines on governance in and beyond Europe. Putting European integration in this global and comparative perspective promises to illuminate current public and scholarly debates about nature and future of European integration. We study these questions by posing four issues: the nature of globalization; its actors, institutions and processes; the form and scope of governance; and its normative implications. For each of these themes, European integration will serve as the principal case study to be discussed in light of developments in the rest of the world. The course will give students a conceptual and thematic overview of European integration as a phenomenon of global governance. There will be no descriptive introduction to specific global governance institutions or policy fields. Instead, the course revolves around current public and academic debates about European integration and global governance that are discussed from a political science and political economy vantage point, while also engaging recent positive and normative scholarship in Comparative Politics and Political Theory.


This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures totalling a minimum of 27.5 hours across Lent Term.  This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, flipped lectures (online discussion of lecture materials), and in-person and/or virtual seminars. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of the Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Students are required to summit a draft and a final non-assessed research paper outline in the LT. 

Indicative reading

  • Weiss, Thomas G., and Rorden Wilkinson (eds.). 2018. International Organization and Global Governance (2nd edition). Oxon and New York: Routledge.
  • Schneider, Christina J. 2017. The political economy of regional integration. Annual Review of Political Science 20: 229-248.
  • Slaughter, Anne-Marie. 2004. A New World Order. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 1-23.
  • Rodrik, Dani. 2000. How Far Will International Economic Integration Go? The Journal of Economic Perspectives 14 (1): 177-186.
  • Keohane, Robert O., Andrew Moravcsik, and Anne-Marie Slaughter. 2000. Legalized Dispute Resolution: Interstate and Transnational. International Organization 54 (3): 457-488.


Essay (85%, 4000 words) in the ST.
Critical evaluation (15%) in the LT.

The summative assessment consists of one 500-word critical summary of one session’s required readings in light of a current news item. In addition, students submit by the beginning of the following term a 4,000 words research essay.  Deadlines to be confirmed in class.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills