Basisseminar (WSF-polw-3): Vergleichende Regierungslehre: Consequences of European Integration (Gruppe 7)


This course will analyse how European integration has impacted domestic and foreign politics of three European countries: The United Kingdom, Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany. By covering economic, judicial, regional, political and social ramifications of the integration process so far, tentative conclusions will be drawn with regard to underlying and lasting institutional changes. The question as to how these changes will impact national and transnational politics in the future will accompany the course until its very end.



Classes will be conducted in English and the grading of the course (5 credits) will be broken up as follows: 25% Active Participation In-Class To receive full marks students are expected to actively discuss 1-3 course questions once a week in-class, based on the readings assigned for that week. 20% Presentation Students will prepare and present one case-study of European integration. The exact title for each presentation can be viewed as of 1st of October in front of my office (4.40). Students can then sign up for ONE presentation in person or during term. 40% Paper based on presentation One week after their presentation, students will need to submit a paper elaborating on the topic of their presentation. Exact assessment criteria of these essays will be handed out during the course. Papers should not exceed 7 pages. 15% Final essay Before the end of the course, students will submit a final paper in the cross-section of futurology and political science; taking their knowledge of institutional change to project possible future political developments. This paper should not exceed 5 pages. Should you have any question regarding to the content or structure of this course, please, feel free to drop by during my office hours (Wednesdays 2-4pm) or upon appointment. Looking forward to a great semester!