Political Theories of European integration

leusl2010  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Political Theories of European integration
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Basic knowledge in political science, law and history.
Main themes
This course provides an overview of the main theories on European integration.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The aim of this course is to develop students¿ understanding of the theories used to explain the European integration process, by introducing and evaluating the main schools of thought in European integration theory. Students should be able to apply these theoretical models to empirical questions of EU politics and policy-making.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- Introduction to theorizing the European integration process.
- Federalism
- Neo-functionalism
- Intergovernmentalism, liberal intergovernmentalism and new intergovernmentalism
- New-institutionalisms: rational choice institutionalism, sociological institutionalism, historical institutionalism, principal-agent model
- Social constructivism
- Governance and multi-level governance
- Recent developments in European integration theories
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Written exam. The exam covers all the material discussed during the lectures and presented in the reader.
Other information
Reader with obligatory readings (updated annually).
Teaching materials
  • portefeuille de lectures ('reader'), mis à disposition des étudiants sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General