Central and Eastern Europe and the EU

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Learning objectives: This course familiarizes students with the the notions of the sub-regions of Europe and their political uses before the Eastern enlargement of the EU in 2004. It explains the role played by the EU in the democratization and economic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. It devotes special attention to the discussion of the the way EU shaped political institutions and cleaveges in the EU member states of the region, in the candidate countries in the Western Balkans and in the Eastern neighborhoud countries. The course will also assess the role of various groupings of states like the Visegrad Group or the Three Seas Initiative. 

Learning activities: Sessions will be a mix of introductory lectures and seminars. In addition, several sessions will consist of presentations prepared by students. Students can choose among a list of topics provided by the instructor. In addition to preparing the presentation, students are also asked to encourage and partially lead the in-class discussion triggered by their presentation. 

Readings: JUDT, T. (2011) “Eastern Approaches“ in: A Grand Illusion. New York University Press, New York BRUSZT, L. AND VUKOV, V. (2016) “Making states for the single market: European integration and the reshaping of economic states in the Southern and Eastern peripheries of Europe” West European Politics 2017 Vol 40 N.4 pp. 663-687 

SCHIMMELFENNIG, F. and SEDELMEIER, U. (eds.) (2005), The Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe, Cornell Studies in Political Economy, Cornell University Press, Ithaca. 

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Students get acquainted with the debates in the literature on the role of EU in political and economic change in Central and Eastern Europe. They learn about the strengths and weaknesses of EU integration strategies in the new member states, the candidate countries in the Western Balkans and in the Eastern neighborhood countries. Students will be asked to critically engage with the political use of historical regions and policy-focused groupings. 


Class attendance and participation: 15% 

Homework: 20% 

Midterm Exam: 25% 

Final Exam: 40%