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EURO 7080

East-Central Europe and EU Enlargement


Prerequisites: Postgraduate standing


Duration/Frequency:

3 hours/week

Credits/Units:

3

Language of Tuition:
English

Number of Contact Hours:

42 (3 X 14 weeks)

Individual Study Time Required:

42 hours (3 X 14 weeks)

Total Assumed Work Load:

6 hours/week



Course Description/Aims and Objectives:


With the accession of 12 new member states in 2004 and 2007, the European Union now embraces 27 countries, and its area of competence has widened to include monetary policy, security, as well as justice and home affairs. For the EU and the member states, enlargement provides significant opportunities and challenges. The course examines the historical and theoretical aspects of the enlargement debate. It considers the costs and benefits of enlargement and then looks analytically at the EU’s capacity for institutional change and policy reform. It intends to explain how enlargement affects the future of the regional order in Europe.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) / Competencies:


Knowledge

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  1. Describe the respective roles of European institutions, existing member states, applicant member states and personalities which shaped the latest round of enlargement of the European Union; and

  2. Identify the costs and benefits of enlargement and then analyze the EU’s capacity for institutional change and policy reform.


Skills

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  1. Summarize the historical and thematic debates arising from the apparently contradictory goals of widening and deepening in European integration; and

  2. Conclude how enlargement affects the future of the regional order in Europe.

Attitudes

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  1. Evaluate the mechanisms and policies by which the present state of European integration has been achieved and that of the future planned.



Course Content:



  1. Historical Overview of the Waves of Enlargement in Post-War Western Europe




  1. The Collapse of Communism and Multiple Transitions in Post-Communist Europe




  1. The Meanings of the 2004 Enlargement for Europe




  1. Challenges of Enlargement: Institutional, Economic, Political and Socio-cultural




  1. Strategies for Accession and Negotiations: Policy Instruments and Timetable




  1. Governance and Institutional Reform




  1. Where Does Europe End? Historical Reflections and the Implications of Eastern Enlargement for the Future of Europe



Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs):


TLAs

ILOs addressed

1. Seminars

The seminars will examine the historical and theoretical aspects of the enlargement debate. It considers the costs and benefits of enlargement and then looks analytically at the EU’s capacity for institutional change and policy reform.

1 to 5

2. Discussions/ Presentations

Discussion will be held to discuss how enlargement affects the future of the regional order in Europe.

2 to 5



Assessment Methods (AMs):


AMs

Weighting

ILOs addressed

Description of Assessment Tasks

Term paper

50%

2 to 5

Students are required to summarize the historical and thematic debates arising from the apparently contradictory goals of widening and deepening in European integration and conclude how enlargement affects the future of the regional order in Europe.

Presentation and Participation

50%

1 to 5

Students must attend all classes and try to be punctual. All students are expected to read the relevant readings before the classes. They should ask questions, give comments to the presenters, and participate in the discussion.



References:


Amato, G. and Batt, J. The Long-Term Implications of EU Enlargement: The Nature of the New Border, 1999.

Archer, C. The Enlargement of the European Union, 1998.

Avery, G. and Cameron, F. The Enlargement of the European Union, 1998.

Bieler, A. Globalisation and Enlargement of the European Union: Austrian and Swedish Social Forces in the Struggle over Membership, 2000.

Cederman, L-E (ed.) Constructing Europe’s Identity, 2001.

Croft, S. et al. The Enlargement of Europe, 1999.

Dinan, D. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the European Union, 2000.

El-Agraa, A.M. The European Union: Economics and Policies, 2000.

European Commission Agenda 2000, 1997.

Gorman, L. and Kilijuen, M. (eds.) The Enlargement of the European Community: Case Studies of Greece, Portugal and Spain, 1983.

Grabbe, H. and Hughes, K. Enlarging the European Union Eastwards, 1998.

Hartell, J. and Swinnen J. (eds) Agriculture and East—West European Integration, 2000.

Hartley, T. Constitutional Problems of the Europen Union, 1999.

Hedetoft, Ulf (ed.) Political Symbols, Symbolic Politics: European Identities in Transformation, 1998.

Karadeloglou, P. (ed) Enlarging the EU: The Trade Balance Effect, 2002.

Laurent, P-H. and Maresceau, M. (eds.) The State of the European Union Vol.4: Deepening and Widening, 1998.

Laursen, F. (ed.) The Political Economy of European Integration, 1995.

Lieven, A. and Trenin. D. (eds) Ambivalent Neighors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership, 2003.

Mannin, M. (ed.) Pushing Back the Boundaries: the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe, 1999.

Mayhew, A. Recreating Europe: The European Union’s Policy towards Central and Eastern Europe, 1998.

Preston, C. Enlargement and Integration in the European Union, 1997.

Redmond, J. The 1995 Enlargement of the European Union, 1997.

Redmond, J. and Rosenthal, G. (eds.) The Expanding European Union: Past, Present, Future, 1998.

Sperling, J. (ed.) Two Tiers or Two Speeds? 1999.

Wallace, H. and W. Wallace (eds.) Policy Making in the European Union, 2002.

Zielonka, J. (ed.) Europe Unbound: Enlarging and Reshaping the Boundaries of the European Union, 2002.


Internet:

http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/index.htm (EU site)

http://www.european-voice.com (European Voice)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/default.stm (BBC World Service)

http://www.euractiv.com/ (EU News On-line)


Specialist Journals:

Bulletin of the European Union

European Journal for Political Research

European Union Politics

Journal of Common Market Studies

Journal of European Integration

Journal of European Public Policy

Official Journal of the European Communities

West European Politics


Syllabus prepared by: Dr. Kenneth Ka-Lok CHAN / September 2010




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