European integration is the process of industrial, political, legal, economic, social and cultural integration of states wholly or partially in Europe.
The course aims to develop critical thinking and debating skills, use of verifiable and objective data and arguments, in-depth understanding of EU integration, roles and functions of EU key institutions.
Key topics will be discussed:
European integration historical perspective. evolution of key political and economic institutions. Enlargement of EU since 1957. Creation of the European Community. European integration and start of the Cold War. Security and establishment of NATO alliance. integration beyond coal and steel industry. Securing the foundations and establishing the principles of legal compliance. From European Community to European Union. Creation of single market and the pillar structure. EU Treaties. the European Commission. Expanding the Union and creating new institutions. EU Treaty reform. Composition and functions of the European Commission.EU budget and regulations. The Council of the European Union. Composition, history and key roles of the Council. Council of Ministers and distribution of votes. QMV principle. challenges of representing the national interest and mobilising domestic support for decisions reached at EU.
Students will be able to form opinions and positions based on objective knowledge about the EU, avoid stereotypes and critically assess the advantages and challenges of EU integration.
Un-graded, practice assessments (be they quiz, peer review, or programming assignments) are critically important in online, mastery-based learning experiences. Approaches to creating Practice Quizzes include: creating duplicate practice/ungraded quiz questions for each topic/concept tested in summative assessments and focussing learners on commonly missed questions/concepts. Ungraded Peer Reviews or Programming Assignments can be great for guiding learners through steps of a larger problem or project. We recommend some form (3-10 minutes) of formative assessment per lesson (10-25 lecture minutes).