The course is available to all students in various study programmes at the University of Helsinki.
Students are given priority to participate in the course in the following order:
1. students in MSV with the orientation Political Science
2. other students in MSV including exchange students
3. students in POLVI, GPC and ENS with the orientation Political Science
4. other students at the University of Helsinki including exchange students
Jämförande politik och förvaltning – Globala perspektiv (KSV)
Political Opinion (KSV)
Politics of Immigration (MSV)
Euroopan unionin tutkimus (POLVI)
The students should at completion of the course be able to:
- understand the foundations of the European Union and its political prerequisites
- identify elements of state- and nation-building in the European integration project
- define past and current challenges of the European Union and analyse their short- and long-term consequences
- compare and explain the development of national identities in the enlarged European Union over time
- assess the impact of various political orientations and divisions on the prospects of a common European society
- critically reflect on different research approaches applied in the analysis of European integration
Recommended timing of the course: In the middle of the studies.
The course is offered: Spring, period IV. The course may not be available every year.
Participants are expected to attend lectures, write a research essay on individually selected literature, debate in class, and participate in the discussion online.
Individually selected literature:
1. Berglund, Sten et al., The Making of the European Union: Foundations, Institutions and Future Trends, Edward Elgar 2006.
2. Berglund, Sten et al. Where Does Europe End: Borders, Limits and Directions of the EU, Edward Elgar 2009.
3. Hix, Simon, The Political System of the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan 2005.
4. Hix, Simon, What’s Wrong with the European Union and How to Fix It. Polity 2008.
5. Berglund, Sten et al., Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe, 3rd Ed., Edward Elgar 2013.
6. Cramme, Olaf & Hobolt, Sarah B. (eds.), Democratic Politics in a European Union under Stress, Oxford University Press 2015.
7. Rose, Richard, Representing Europeans: A Pragmatic Approach, Oxford University Press 2016.
8. Zielonka, Jan, Europe as Empire: the Nature of the Enlarged European Union, Oxford University Press 2007.
The course is graded on a scale from 0 to 5. Further grading criteria are supplied at the course introduction.
Course participants are examined by means of research essays, debate participation, and online discussion on the basis of individually selected literature and course material.
University lecturer in Political Science
Docent at the Department of Political and Economic Studies