Checking date: 28/05/2022

Course: 2023/2024

Supranational integration processes
Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (2018 Study Plan) (Plan: 411 - Estudio: 320)


Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Not applicable
LEARNING OUTCOMES · Knowledge regarding the main processes of supranational integration in the different world regions in their successive stages. Knowledge regarding the dynamics of economic growth and convergence in the world economy in the long term and their determinants economies, as derived from different theories of economic growth and models of international trade and specialization · Knowledge to assess the impact of integration processes on the institutional and political development throughout the second half of the twentieth century and the XXI century. -Knowledge to evaluate and discuss the lines of possible extension and future deepening inthe process of supranational integration.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
-Nation, Federation, Confederation. Integration of States. -Postcolonial associations of States: the British Commonwealth. -Free trade areas, customs unions, common markets, economic unions. -Europe and the European Union: from the medieval universalism to the Treaty of Westphalia; the age of European empires; eurocentrism and colonialism; nationalisms versus the pan-European movement; the two world wars and the crisis of European consciousness; first attempts of integration: the Council of Europe; BENELUX; the birth of the European Communities: ECSC, EEC and EURATOM; institutional problems and successive enlargements; the Single European Act and the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice. -The economic logic of political and institutiional integration. -Other models of integration: OEEC, COMECON, EFTA. -Europe to globalization. Integration processes in the American context: LAFTA, LAIA, Mercosur, the Andean Group, NAFTA. -Integration processes in Africa and Asia
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology is based on a combination of introductory explanations by the professor for each topic and the active participation of the student through preparing and presenting papers, individual and group oral presentations and participation in debates based on topics from the presentations. To facilitate these activities, the student will have access to documents consisting of a program and a list of doctrinal, legal and institutional texts that will be analyzed and commented on. An extensive system of tutoring will be established, aimed at solving issues and problems related to classes and materials and to the orientation for the preparation of essays and oral and written presentations.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • W. URWIN. The community of Europe: a history of European integration since 1945. Londres, Longman. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • F. POZZOLI (a cura) . Europa la più nobile, la più bella. Idee e ideali dell'Europa dalle origini ai giorni nostril. Milán, Tascabili. 1991
  • W. LIPGENS. Documents on the history of European integration. Berlin, Walter de Gruyter. 1991

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.