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History of European integration

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Course ID: 4003-111hie
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Course title: History of European integration
Name in Polish: Historia integracji europejskiej
Organizational unit: Centre for Europe
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: Polish
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

In order to participate into the lecture, students should know basic informations concernig world history, history of Europe and contemporary world.



Short description:

Main goal of lecture is to present and analyse genesis, general political/economical aspects and history of European integration after World War II.

Full description:

Lecture starts with presentation of original role of Europe in the history of mankind and specificity of integration processes till World War II. The main part consists of analysing European integration after 1945, including main institutions, models, aims, phases and periods of integration in the framework of the European Communities/European Union

1. The origin of integrational processes

1.1. The role of Europe in the history of mankind

1.2. Integration and disintegration tendencies in Europe

1.3. Philosophical and ideological concepts of European unity

1.4. Political and economical integrational undergoings

2. Modern integrational processes

2.1. The character of institutions of European integration: universal, military and political, economical and political

2.2. Stages of integration processes: free trade area, customs union, common market, economic and monetary union, political union

2.3. The fundamental models of European integration: confederation (intergovernmental model) and federation (community model)

2.4. The main stages of European integration:

- first stage (1945-1957): the emergence of three European Communities: EEC, ECSC and EAEC,

- second stage (1958-1969): building of the foundations of integration

- third stage (1970-1991): increasing and broadening economical bonds between the Member Countries

- fourth stage (1992-2004): the gradual establishing of the European Union - from the Treaty of Maastricht through the Treaty of Amsterdam and the Treaty of Nice

- fifth stage (after 2004): EU enlargement to the East, Lisbon Treaty

2.5. Perspectives for development of the European Union: visions of the future Europe.

Student’s workload:

lecture - 30 h

preparing for lecture - 30 h

preparing for exam – 30 h

total – 90 h



- O.Barburska, D.Milczarek, Historia integracji europejskiej w zarysie, Warszawa 2013

- A.Blair, The European Union since 1945, Harlow 2010

- M.Gilbert, European Integration. A Concise History, Lanham 2012

- T.Judt, Powojnie. Historia Europy od roku 1945, Poznań 2008

- A.Landuyt, European integration between history and new challenges, Bologna 2014

- K.Łastawski, Historia integracji europejskiej, Warszawa 2011

- D.Milczarek, Europejskie procesy integracyjne po II wojnie światowej w: Europeistyka w zarysie, red. A.Z.Nowak, D.Milczarek, Warszawa 2006

- D.Milczarek, O.Barburska, Past and Present of European Integration. Poland's Perspective, Warsaw 2015

- M.Nadolski, Z dziejów integracji europejskiej, Warszawa 2004

- B.F.Nelsen, A.C.G.Stubb, The European Union: readings on the theory and practice of European integration, Boulder 2014

- K.Popowicz, Historia integracji europejskiej, Warszawa 2006

- J.Siemek, Korzenie europejskiej integracji w: Encyklopedia Unii Europejskiej, red. K.A.Wojtaszczyk, Warszawa 2004

Additional literature

- K.J.Helnarska, Od Europejskiej Wspólnoty Obronnej do Europejskiej Agencji Obrony, Toruń 2009

- R.Kagan, Ameryka i Europa w nowym porządku świata, Warszawa 2003

- J.Krasuski, Europa Zachodnia: Dzieje polityczne 1945-1993,

Warszawa 1995

- M.Leonard, Europa odkryta na nowo, Warszawa 1999

- P.M.R.Stirk, A History of European Integration Since 1914, London 2001

Learning outcomes:

Having completed the programme, students are expected:

in the field of KNOWLEDGE to know:

- basic elements of the notion of Europe

- origins of idea of the European unity

- main stages of historical and contemporary integration in Europe

- general rules of functionnig of the European Union

- basic factors determinating future developments of the European integration

in the field of SKILLS to be able to:

- explain genesis of contemporary integration processes in Europe

- identify the main currents, trends and models of European integration

- analyze the evolution of European integration from a historical and politological perspective

- analyze publications and media information on the European Union

in the field of SOCIAL COMPETENCIES to menage to:

- explain the essence of integration processes in Europe,

- critically evaluate works concerning past and contemporary integration in Europe

- make research on history and present day of united Europe.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Lectures is credited on the basis of a written exam in the form of a test consisting of open and closed-ended questions, with a minimum pass mark of 65% correct answers. Credit depends also on seminars' achivements.

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