Enlarging Europe: The European Union and Its Applicants
European integration is one of the most important and most successful political experiments in recent history. This course looks to the recent trends in this process, as well as its future prospects for states that are still outside the Union. It will examine the consequences of enlargement and deeper integration for the internal dynamics of the Union. However, the emphasis is on the impact that integration and the prospects of integration have on the potential member states and the countries bordering the Union. The course provides a brief overview twentieth century Europe and the salient issues in the past enlargement rounds, furnishing the context for the study of current and future integration efforts. Readings will cover the 2004 and 2007 enlargement rounds to Central and East European countries, continuing with efforts related to South-Eastern Europe (the Balkans), as well as Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The last four weeks of the course examines the challenges to the Union in the past decade including the migration/refugee crisis, the financial crisis, populism and Brexit. The course combines regular readings with films and documentaries.
Colin Hay and Anand Menon, ed. European Politics Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Format and Requirements
Lecture course. Mid-term test (25%), participation and regular attendance (10%), 1st term opinion style essay, 1000 words (25%),Final Exam (40%).
POL207Y1 or POL302Y5 or EUR200Y1