European Integration Theories
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Course code
RIT6007.YK
old course code
RIT6007
Course title in Estonian
Euroopa integratsiooniteooriad
Course title in English
European Integration Theories
ECTS credits
5.0
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Examination
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To offer wider analytical understanding about different explanations to the integration, that could also be used (in addition to the EU) for studying international and sub-national politics.
To offer explanations about functioning of the EU as political and governance system.
Brief description of the course
Introduction. Work management of the course. Content, overview and explanatory power of integration theories. Classical integration-theories: functionalism, federalism, transactionalism. New functionalism. Intergovernmentalism. Multi-level governance. Constructionism. Europeanization. European regionalisation. Consolidation of EU political community. European identity and citizenship. Citizens’ Europe: European civil society and active citizenship. Key questions of European political space: democratic deficit, European parties. Lobby in European Union.
Students’ independent work means obtaining the course material. As content of the lectures is limited, independent work will be crucial for passing the course successfully.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has wider analytical understanding about different explanations to the integration that could also be used (in addition to the EU) for studying international and sub-national politics;
- has deeper understanding about functioning of the EU as political and governance system.

Teacher
Catlyn Kirna
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