European Integration and Global Governance

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Course Description: 

This course focuses on two closely related areas of research which are importance to students of contemporary public policy: European integration and global governance. There hardly any field of public policy which is not closely inter-linked with policy-making processes at the European Union (EU) or global level. Moreover, the EU itself is an actor in global governance and this role feeds back into domestic policy-making. This course introduces students to the literatures on EU integration and global governance. It familiarises them with different conceptual traditions and key issues in contemporary research. The course consists of two parts which are taught simultaneously but follow different formats.

Part 1 is delivered by Diane Stone. It focuses, on the one hand, upon processes of European integration in the global political economy looking at the manner in which the EU is a global actor that participates in international forums and engages with other regional associations or transnational actors. On the other hand, Part 1 also addresses contemporary aspects of regional integration and current developments of European dis/integration and so-called ‘deEuropeanisation’, including the impacts on other parts of the world. Notwithstanding some carefully designed overlaps, in the main, Part 1 with Diane Stone concentrates on the international environment of EU activity.

Part 2 is delivered by Uwe Puetter. It concentrates on internal dimension of EU policy-making, notably on what integration is and how it proceeds as well as how decisions are made in a multilevel policy-making environment which involves dispersed political authority and decentralised policy-making resources. Particular attention is paid to how different conceptual perspectives, commonly referred to as European integration theories, have informed commonly used research designs and study perspectives.

Methodologically, Part 1 and Part 2 follow complementary but different formats. Part 1 exposes students to issues, policy problems as well as reform and modernization efforts by introducing them to relevant literature. It encourages students to translate their analytical knowledge into policy relevant information and requires them to produce a policy brief. Part 2 introduces students to the question of how leading research in the sub-field of EU studies has been developed, structured and implemented. So-called study reviews critically examine scholarly contributions. This way students can explore options for designing their own research.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the outcome of this course students will have the ability to critically apply core theories and research perspectives in European integration theory and the global governance literature to different empirical contexts in an innovative manner, thus contributing both to empirical and theoretical innovation. They will have developed an understanding of core conceptual, methodological as well as empirical challenges with regard to researching a range of different issues in contemporary EU governance and policy. Moreover, students will be able to apply a number of core academic practices and will have developed oral and written presentation skills which are required for communicating the results of complex and advanced-level studies to different audiences (academic, professional expert setting, interested public). This course will contribute to the development of a new generation of researchers with a strong analytical potential, thus helping innovation in the field of European integration studies both in research and teaching. Those students aiming for a career in EU policy practice will be able to both produce and make use of complex theoretical and empirical studies in applied and practical contexts.


Class participation is mandatory for this class. Students missing more than two sessions per class might not receive a passing grade for this course. The successful completion of the course requires active participation in the class sessions. As this is a research class the emphasis is on interactive class discussions, the review of research approaches, the preparation of larger texts and regularly scheduled student presentations. The final grade is composed as follows:

general participation 10%
presentation (Part 1) 5%
policy brief exercise (Part 1) 15%
1-2 lead presentations (Part 2) 10%
3-4 discussant presentations (Part 2) 10%
final essay 50%

Students will need to complete either a research essay or a book review paper (3,000 word maximum including references and footnotes) at the end of this class. The review paper engages with a particular study and critically discusses it. Papers can be related to the topic of either the inclass presentation in Part 1 or one of the lead presentations given in Part 2 but do not have to.

Please agree your final paper topic and format with the course directors until November 16, 2016. The final paper needs to be submitted by e-mail to both course directors by January 4, 2017 (by the end of the day CET).

The deadline for the Policy Brief is November 8, 2016 2017 (by the end of the day CET).

Please note that paper deadlines are final and failure to submit in time will automatically result in a reduced or failing grade.