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Enlargement of the EU - OBZO07
Title: Enlargement of the EU
Guaranteed by: Děkanát (41-DEKAN)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2011
Semester: both
E-Credits: 4
Hours per week, examination: 2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Miroslava Černochová, CSc.
Class: Volitelné předměty pro PS
The very existence and the radical enlargement of the European Union is becoming one of the defining events of the early twenty-first century. This course will focus on different aspects of European integration process. The students will get acquainted with history and ideology of European unification process which still play an important role in both philosophical and political discussions of many Europeans. The emergence and transformation of political institutions is the essential part of the class. The collapse of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe 1989 posed new challenges, culminated in the decision to massively enlarge which has presented new problems: the necessity to write a comprehensive Treaty for Europe. The analysis of the new Reform Treaty for Europe and the process of its ratification will be one of the central parts of the course. Special attention will be dedicated to the new institutions of the EU.
Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Aim of the course

By the end of this class the students will be able to outline not only the history and the motives of the emergence of the EU on European continent, but also to analyse different present and upcoming political and economic events. Due to the enlargement in May 2004 (10 new countries) and in January 2007 (Romania, Bulgaria) and the decisions of the last summits of the EU, the students will be able to describe political and economic developments in some new member states. The students will specifically be capable to interpret the external policies of the EU.

The students will be able to discuss the issues arising from the ratification process of the new Reform Treaty for Europe, as well as the debates on the future enlargement of the EU (finality of European integration process).

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)


Due to the present controversial discussions about the future course of the European integration the students will be continuously offered EU Press release, interviews with politicians, newspaper articles and studies in academic journals.

Ash, Timothy Garton: Free World. Penguin Books, 2004

New Reform Treaty for EU. EU Information Centre in Prague, 2004

Gillingham, John: European Integration 1950 - 2003. Cambridge University Press, 2003

Kenney, Padraic: A Carnival of Revolution in Central Europe 1989. Princeton University Press, 2002

Pagden, Anthony (edit.): The Idea of Europe. Cambridge U Press, 2002

Wilson, Kevin, and van der Dussen, Jan (eds.): The History of the Idea of Europe. London, 1993

Recommended newspapers and periodicals:

Perspectives. Review of Central European Affaires. Published in: Institute of International Relations, Prague

Prague Business Journal. Prague

The Prague Post (English-speaking weekly), Prague

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Requirements to the exam

General interest in European politics and in integration studies is expected. The course is based on active participation. The teacher will help the students choose and work on their final paper paying respect to their major and minor studies. Advice will be offered concerning individual travel plans in Europe. Readings will be assigned every week and discussed subsequently.

Class attendance is mandatory.

The midterm test (app. 30 minutes) will be written in the classroom in the middle of the program. The midterm test will test basic acquaintance with the issues discussed in the first half of the program.

The final written exam in the classroom (app. 30 minutes) will test basic acquaintance with the issues discussed in the second half of the program.

The final paper (8-10 pages) will will be handed over for evaluation in the last week of the program. The selection of the topic will start by the end of March, the teacher will help with respective sources or interview persons.


The grading will be based on attendance and participation in the discussions, midterm essay, final written exam and final paper, including the presentation of the paper in the class.

Class attendance and active participation: 20%

Midterm essay: 20 %

Final written test: 20%

Final Paper (including the presentation in the class): 40 %

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)

Weekly structure of the course:

The readings will be recommended and assigned to every lesson. The lecturer will prepare and distribute selected articles.

1st week

Introduction to the course. The relation between European studies and the studies of the EU. International organizations and theories of integration. European geopolitics. Terminology and bibliography.

The history of the idea of Europe. Historical survey of the attempts to organize Europe.

2nd week

History of European integration process 1945 - 1989: Economic reconstruction and Cooperation. Fathers of Europe: Winston Churchill and others. Security and the Cold War. The road from Rome 1957 to Maastricht 1991/92.

3rd week

The road from Rome 1957 to Maastricht 1991/92. The Maastricht treaty.

4th week

The challenges of 1989: The decision to enlarge towards Central and Eastern Europe and the consequence: Radical discussions on the limits of the EU. The controversy between eurooptimists and eurosceptics. EU enlargement policy. The discussions about the " finality " of the EU. Overcoming the division of Europe.

The case study: Cyprus

5th week

The institutional framework of the EU and its history: the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Court of Justice.

The results of the elections to European Parliament in June 2004 and resulting questions.

The elections in June 2009.

6th week

Selection of the topics for the final papers.

Mid-term test.

The questions linked to the ratification process of the new Reform Treaty for Europe in the member states. French and Dutch referendums concerning the former Constitution for Europe.

7th week

Evaluation of the midterm test

Economic policies of the EU: the EU budget, Single market and Single currency, Agricultural policy, Regional policy, Environmental policy.

8th week

Transitional conditions for the new member states. The perspective of the future enlargement:

Croatia, Turkey. The question of the province of Kosovo.

9th week

Foreign and security policy of the European Union.

Reading: The Reform Treaty - selected pages concerning the CFDP.

External economic relations. Relations with the United States. Relations with the Russian Federation.

10th week

The CAP - The Common Agricultural Policy

11th week

The former Constitution for Europe 2004. Main issues of the present discussions: federal or confederal Europe ? The future of the ratification process - Reform Treaty Process.

Reading: Survey of international press articles published in November 2009 regarding the EU ( selected press articles will be prepared and distributed by the professor).

Final written exam.

12th week

European citizenship and identity ? Opinions of some prominent European thinkers.

Presentation of the final papers.

Evaluation of the course.

Last update: CERNOCHO/PEDF.CUNI.CZ (11.02.2011)
Registration requirements

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