EU487      Half Unit
European Integration from a Global Governance Perspective

This information is for the 2023/24 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 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 International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Fudan) and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and demand is typically very high. Priority is given to students from the European Institute, so students from outside this programme may not get a place.


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 lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 25 hours across Winter Term. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Winter Term.

Formative coursework

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

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 WT.

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.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2022/23: 22

Average class size 2022/23: 11

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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