Jean Monnet Module on European Integration

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Course Description: 

Mandatory for Mundus MAPP students, Elective for One-year MAPP students and MPA students;

Elective for CCL LL.M. students.

This is an advanced level course on policy-making in the European Union (EU). The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with a particular focus on political science, international relations and legal studies perspectives. The course focuses on the EU’s main decision and law-making institutions and processes, as well as core fields of EU public policy. 

A core feature of the course is that it combines core seminar sessions with interactive guest lectures which are delivered by prominent scholars in the discipline as well as EU policy-makers. 
This course offers a good basis to students from SPP, IR and Legal Studies who seek to specialize on EU matters for research and/or would like to work in or with EU institutions in their professional careers.
The course aims at providing the students with in-depth knowledge of EU law and policy-making processes, within the context of specific policy areas and current challenges of European integration. It also aims at providing the students with a truly inter-disciplinary perspective on those matters.
Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, students should:

  • be able to identify and understand the functioning of the main EU institutions;
  • have a clear understanding of the main decision- and law-making processes in the EU;
  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the governance dynamics in specific policy-areas;
  • be familiar with the main theories of European integration;
  • be aware of the main contemporary challenges facing European integration;
  • be able to locate and analysis EU policy documents, legislation, action and case law, and to provide policy advice;
  • have a sound knowledge of governmental decision-making at the supranational level.

  • synthesize, analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources;
  • reason analytically and logically within a range of disciplines;
  • write in an analytical and critical way;
  • communicate effectively orally;
  • communicate effectively in writing to both scientific and non-scientific audience.

  • know how to approach a question from various perspectives between and within discipline(s);
  • be familiar with the basic theories and methodology from more than one disciplines;
  • identify and explain the policy implications or theoretical constructs

Students must attend all sessions. Missing classes without justification may result in failing the course. Students must prepare the required readings prior to each class and participate actively in class discussions. All students are required to make a 15 minutes class presentation, submit a research paper of 3500 words, and write a short in-seminar paper.

10% general preparation and class participation

10% contribution to in-class simulation exercise

15% presentation

15% short in-seminar paper of (650-800 words)

50% research paper (3500 words)

General preparation and class participation

It is assessed based on punctuality and regular class attendance, the quality and relevance of interventions in seminars and contributions to class discussions. Preparation may be assessed through short 1-2 surprise quizzes on mandatory readings.

Contribution to in-class simulation exercise

It will be assessed based on the quality and intensity of the preparation and the relevance of oral interventions.


All students must make one 15 minutes (maximum) seminar presentation. Presentation topics will be allocated during the first session. Presenters must choose a particular reading listed under “Presentation” in the course outline.

The presentation will be assessed based on the ability to introduce in a succinct and effective manner the selected academic publication, critically engage with its key findings and/or arguments, and relate it to core course readings, topics and questions, as well as other related scholarship, and current events.

The main aim of the presentation is to critically assess the specified reading. It is intended to help you learn how to discuss academic texts and research findings. Do assume that your colleagues learn about an author or a research through YOU. Do NOT present on the required readings. They are read by everyone anyway! A presentation should conclude with clearly identifying points for further discussion in the class. Students are encouraged to make use of presentation techniques such as Power Point, Prezi or the flip chart (please indicate which type of ‘technology’ you want to use for your presentation at least one week before the relevant session). Presenters will receive individual feedback on their presentation.

Short in-seminar paper (‘Op-Ed’)

This short paper will be written during a regular seminar sessions, held exceptionally in a computer lab. It is not designed in the way of a classical exam, but is intended develop quick analytical and writing skills. It does notrequire further preparation, beyond the general course preparation and attendance. The paper will assess your ability to provide a succinct yet well informed and argued reflection on current developments pertaining to European integration.

At the start of the class, you will receive a short list of alternative questions, usually connected to current events, but building on the course materials and discussions. What matters primarily is your ability to present an argument in a structured, concise and accessible way. Avoid scientific jargon. Assume that your addressees are practitioners or newspaper readers who are not familiar with the academic literature on the topic but are interested in concise background information and a critical assessment of institutional and/or policy options. You will have one hour to complete the paper. You should write a minimum of 650 words but not more than 800. Bear in mind that in this case quantity is less relevant than quality, meaning you should devote enough time and attention to the outline and style of your paper. You will receive individual feedback on this paper.

Research paper 

You are required to complete a final research paper for this course. You need to discuss your choice of questions with the instructor and TA to confirm choice and outline. 
The research paper will be judged based on the quality of the presentation of the relevant theoretical literature, as well as on the critical understanding and the intellectual creativity which you demonstrate in using this. 
Each paper should be approximately 3500 words in length including references and annexes. All papers should be typed (word-processed as WORD or PDF file). Essays must be properly referenced, with a standard form of citation used. You must also include a bibliography of all works consulted. All written contributions need to be original, i.e. produced exclusively by the student who submits the work, and for this particular assignment. 
References to sources must be clearly indicated following accepted academic standards. Make sure to consult and familiarise yourself with the CEU Policy on Plagiarism, and dedicated sections of the student handbook for the relevant SPP programs. Be aware that academic dishonesty may result in the assignment receiving a Fail (0) grade, or in more serious cases, failing the course or the program. For further information, please do not hesitate to consult with the course instructor and TA. 
The deadline for submission of the final paper is 11 December, midnight CET. You need to upload your paper on the e-learning course website, using the link to the upload menu on the top of the central page of the course website.

Prerequisite only for CCL LL.M. students: only for those who took EU Law I or passed the pre-test.