Political Theories of European integration

leusl2010  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Political Theories of European integration
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Delreux Tom; Gheyle Niels (compensates Delreux Tom);
Language
English
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge in political science, law and history.
Main themes
This course provides an overview of the main theories on European integration.
Aims

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

1 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”.
Content
  • Introduction to theorizing European integration
  • Pre-theories: Federalism, functionalism & transactionalism
  • Neo-functionalism
  • (Liberal) Intergovernmentalism
  • Comparativism and (multi-level) governance
  • New-institutionalisms: rational choice & historical institutionalism
  • Social constructivism
  • Left or right? A neglected question, critical political economy & Fritz Scharpf
  • Democracy in the EU?
  • Politicization, crisis, and disintegration? Rethinking grand theories
     
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam. The exam covers all the material discussed during the lectures and presented in the reader. Pending the evolution of the Covid health crisis, the written exam can be held online.
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
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in Communication

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Communication [Double diplôme UCLouvain - uSherbrooke]