Introduction to European Integration

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to European Integration

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Government

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is a comprehensive introduction to European integration and the European Union (EU). It provides students with historical, institutional and political knowledge necessary to understand major issues of European integration in the past, present and future. The course will examine in detail the idea of European integration and the historical development of the European Union, in addition to widening (of EU membership) and deepening (of EU policy scope). Moreover, it will examine the concept of institutions in political science and the main institutions in the EU: the Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. Finally, it will focus on theorizing and policy-making in the European Union    

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Have a critical understanding of the driving forces and major developments in European integration
    2. Understand how the European Union works and what it does
    3. Debate current issues in European integration.
    4. Understand the implications of EU membership for Irish politics and policies.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.