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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to European Integration
Module Code LG104X
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Christian Kaunert
Semester 2: Karen Devine
Autumn: Karen Devine
Module TeachersKaren Devine
Karl Murphy
Christian Kaunert
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course is a comprehensive introduction to European integration and the European Union (EU). It provides students with historical, institutional and political knowledge necessary to understand major issues of European integration in the past, present and future. The course will examine in detail the idea of European integration and the historical development of the European Union, in addition to widening (of EU membership) and deepening (of EU policy scope). Moreover, it will examine the concept of institutions in political science and the main institutions in the EU: the Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. Finally, it will focus on theorizing and policy-making in the European Union

Learning Outcomes

1. Have a critical understanding of the driving forces and major developments in European integration
2. Understand how the European Union works and what it does
3. Debate current issues in European integration.
4. Understand the implications of EU membership for Irish politics and policies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study50Reading for lectures
Independent Study51Exam revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to European integration

The Historical Context:
From the European Communities to the European Union

The Evolving Treaty Framework and Enlargement

The institutional framework
The Council, the Commission, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice

Policies and Policy-making
Common Market, Monetary Union, agricultural policy, foreign policy, migration, asylum and judicial cooperation

Theorizing European Integration
Federalism, neofunctionalism, intergovernmentalism, constructivism, governance


Ireland and the European Union

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Dinan, D.: 2005, Ever Closer Union, 3rd, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • Cini, M.: 2007, European Union Politics, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Nugent, N.: 2006, The Government and Politics of the EU, Palrgave, Basingstoke,
Other Resources

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