402103 SE European Integration- Enhanced Level

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SE European Integration- Enhanced Level
SE 2
each semester

BA Politikwissenschaft § 5 (1) 10.b Europäische Integration - Vertiefung

Students will know the principles on which the Single Market is built, and be able to identify its major successes and challenges; understand how the Single Market affects various policy areas on the national and EU level; be able to distinguish between legal and political integration; apply these concepts to compare different policy-areas related to the single market; be able to research as well as discuss and critically evaluate selected political science literature by means of different media (writing, graphics, presenting).

Die Studierenden kennen die Prinzipien des europäischen Binnenmarktes und können dessen wesentliche Erfolge und Herausforderungen benennen. Sie verstehen, wie der Binnenmarkt verschiedene Politikfelder auf der nationalen und EU-Ebene beeinflusst; können zwischen politischer Integration und Integration durch Recht unterscheiden und diese Konzepte auf Fallbeispiele anwenden; sind in der Lage, ausgewählte politikwissenschaftliche Literatur zu recherchieren und sie mittels verschiedener Medieun (schriftlich, grafisch, mündlich) kritisch zu bewerten und zu diskutieren.

Although little discussed, the Single Market is at the heart of European
integration, the most deeply integrated of all policy-areas. This
advanced seminar explains how the Single Market works in theory and
practice. Through different examples, ranging from goods to services and
competition policy, it examines when and why the Single Market affects
seemingly unrelated policies on the EU and national level, creating
tensions that may push toward further integration. The conceptual focus
is on the interplay of law and politics in creating and regulating the
Single Market. This includes central institutions and actors such as the
European Court of Justice and the EU's legal system as well as the
European Commission as guardian of the Treaty and highest competition

  • Guided Reading with Tasks (20%): Students read selected political science literature from the syllabus. Before each session, they are required to submit short task and/or answers to a text-related quiz
  • Classroom discussion (20%): The classroom discussions are structured by the weekly tasks and alternate between small groups and the plenary, as appropriate given learning outcomes and progress.
  • Group Project (30%): Students will prepare a poster that discusses an aspect of the Single Market, preferably applying or illustrating at least one of the theoretical concepts introduced in the seminar. The poster must take account of relevant academic literature. It will be presented in class during a short (5–10 minutes) informal presentation. Students should also provide commentary on other posters.
  • Written assignment (30%): Students will write a case-study (3500–4000 words excluding references) on an issue related to the single market (e.g. the liberalization or re-regulation of a particular sector), applying or illustrating the theoretical concepts discussed in the seminar. The essay may extend the poster with additional material and it should engage with the feedback received from the class and the lecturer.

  • Guided Reading with Tasks to be submitted online in advance of each session (20%)
  • Classroom discussion based on weekly tasks (20%)
  • Group Project: Poster (30%)
  • Written assignment: Case-study essay (30%)

Obligatory for the first session:

Adrienne Héritier, “The Accommodation of Diversity in European Policy‐making and Its Outcomes: Regulatory Policy as a Patchwork,” Journal of European Public Policy 3, no. 2
(1996): 149–167.

Simon Hix and Bjørn Høyland, The Political System of the European Union, 3. ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) Chapter 1.

Markus Jachtenfuchs, “The European Union as Polity (II),” in Handbook of European Union Politics, ed. Knud Erik Jørgensen, Mark A. Pollack, and Ben Rosamond (London, UK:
SAGE, 2007), 159–173.

See the syllabus for additional literature.





positive Absolvierung der Pflichtmodule 1, 2, 3 und 5

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Date Time Location
Sat 2020-04-25
09.00 - 17.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2020-05-23
09.00 - 17.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2020-06-06
09.00 - 17.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free