the study of the European integration

Professor David L. Fisk

Fall Quarter 2018

Class Schedule: 2:00-2:50 MWF

Class Location: HSS 1330

Office Hours: 12:30-1:30 MF

Office Location: Social Sciences Building 325

E-mail: [email protected]

Teaching Assistant: Meghan Ramsay ([email protected])



Course Objectives: This course is designed to expose students to the study of the European integration

process. As part of this discussion, we will: examine the history of European integration, investigate the

structure and function of the political institutions of the European Union (EU), analyze how EU political

institutions respond to pressing problems, and evaluate how foreign policy is shaped and administered

within the EU. As part of this discussion, we will pay particular attention not only to how socio-

economic, institutional, and culture factors shape politics at the EU level, but also how decisions made at

the EU level affect the member states.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course students should be able to:

1) Develop an understanding of the historical and political incentives for European integration. 2) Examine how executive, legislative, and judicial authority within the EU is structured. 3) Investigate how supranationalism and intergovernmentalism shape the politics of the EU and its

member states.

4) Analyze the responses of European political institutions to pressing political crises. 5) Evaluate the extent to which European integration has influenced international relations. 6) Become more discerning consumers of European political media. 7) Improve written and oral communication skills.


Course Assignments/Grading: The grade for this course will be determined as follows:

Participation: 10%

Midterm Examination: 45%

Final Examination: 45%


Peer Instruction: The academic literature on teaching and learning has documented a strong causal

relationship between active participation/course content discussion and student learning, but structuring

active discussion can be difficult in large lecture courses. To facilitate active participation and discussion,

I will use a relatively new pedagogy, Peer Instruction, which, together with clicker technology, can assist

in the facilitation of both small and large group discussions which research suggests promotes student

learning gains. For this reason, this course requires each of you to have a clicker and to bring it to every

lecture. We will begin “practicing” with Peer Instruction and clickers during the first and second

weeks of class, with clicker participation factoring into your participation grade from the third

week to the end of the course. If you do not already have a clicker, this will allow you time to find,

borrow, or purchase one (new or used) online or at the UCSD Bookstore. Please note that if you buy your

clicker online, purchase the i-clicker brand, which is what UCSD’s infrastructure supports. Additionally,

if you want to sell the clicker back to the UCSD bookstore, you should purchase the i-clicker 2, because

although the I-clicker 1 works for the class, the UCSD Bookstore will not buy back i-clicker 1 remotes at

the end of the quarter. Please remember to register your clicker on TritonEd (the link is on course



home page, last item on upper left menu), because participation points will not register to your

course participation grade if your clicker is not registered.


Clicker Question Expectations: Peer Instruction questions will be geared toward enhancing your

understanding of course readings, current events, and lecture material and will help you prepare for

course examinations. In general, I will ask two different types of clicker questions. One type of question

(reading/application) will focus on a central point from your readings/lectures and may test your ability to

apply theoretical concepts learned in the readings or lectures towards explaining current events.

Pedagogically, reading/application questions are used to strengthen critical reading and thinking skills,

and ensure that central concepts are generally understood. A second type of question (discussion) will be

a “polling” question, asking you to take a stand on an issue related to European integration.

Pedagogically, these questions are designed to hone critical thinking skills and, specifically, the ability to

articulate persuasive arguments to support particular positions, based on logic and compelling evidence.


Current Events Discussion: I will open each lecture with a discussion of relevant news topics, followed

by a reading/application question which will ask you to identify key concepts in the reading and/or how

current events reflect theoretical discussions reflected in the reading or from lecture. For

reading/application questions, you will receive full credit (1 pt.) for getting the question correct and half

credit (.5 pt.) simply for participating. To ensure that you are able to build connections between

theoretical material and current events, keeping up with course readings (and current events) will be

useful. Although I often post relevant links to articles of interest via Twitter, students should become

familiar with various news resources providing extensive coverage of European politics. The following is

a list of websites which may be of interest:


New York Times Online (

Economist Online (

Financial Times (

BBC News (

Presseurop English (


Lecture Discussion: In addition to current events discussions, I may also ask clicker questions

throughout lecture. Reading/application questions posed during lecture will be scored in the same manner

listed above (i.e., full credit for giving the correct answer, half credit for participating). I may also ask

discussion questions during lecture, which will ask you to discuss/debate pressing issues in European

politics. For discussion questions, you will receive full credit (1 pt.) for participating.


Grading Participation: In assessing your grade for the participation component of the course, 20% of

the total clicker points during the official counting period can be missed without penalty. Approximately

1 – 3 clicker questions will be asked per class period, so if you miss a session or forget your clicker, that

should not negatively impact your participation grade. Failure to click in on more than 20% of the clicker

questions will, however, negatively impact your participation grade and lost participation credit cannot be

“made up”. Subsequently, as this course requires regular attendance and active participation, you should

keep these responsibilities in mind as you decide whether to remain in this course.


Course Behavior: While issues of threatening or inappropriate behavior are not expected at the

university level, please be advised that inappropriate, insensitive, and/or threatening behavior directed

towards other students or the teaching staff will not be tolerated. Any violation of UCSD’s student

conduct code will be referred to the appropriate administrative office for review.


Midterm and Final Examinations: Both course examinations will be 6-8 pages in length and the topic

and due dates will be discussed in lecture. Please be advised that course examinations build on both



lecture information and course readings, subsequently, papers which do not show familiarity with

both will be penalized.


Drop Deadline: UCSD has changed the last day to drop a course from the ninth week of the quarter to

the sixth week of the quarter (9 November 2018). Given the way that themes are presented and the

scheduling of the midterm examination, although you will have access to participation grades

throughout the quarter, please be advised that you will not receive a grade for the midterm prior to

the drop deadline.


Late Assignments: For both examinations, we require an electronic copy submitted to

prior to the due date and barring emergencies accompanied by valid documentation, no late

assignments will be accepted. Students should notify us prior to an assignment’s deadline of any

emergency which may preclude them from submitting an assignment on time (i.e., we will NOT typically

entertain any emergency requests received after the paper is due). Please be aware that unless TritonEd

and/or Academic Computing Services officially indicates that is out of service, an

inability to upload to prior to the deadline (e.g., slow connection, forgetting to click

submit, etc.) does not constitute a valid emergency. Subsequently, you are strongly encouraged to

save and keep a receipt of your submission for your records. Additionally, please be

aware that if you upload the wrong paper to, due to issues of fairness, we cannot

“clear the submission” and allow you to re-submit once the due date has passed. If the “wrong

paper” is submitted after the due date has passed, it will not receive credit.


Academic Integrity: While issues of plagiarism are not expected, course assignments are to be

completed on an individual basis. Incidents of plagiarism will be dealt with according to department and

university procedures. Please be advised that under no circumstances will credit be given for any

assignment which is deemed to violate UCSD’s policies on academic integrity, subsequently, if either

examination is found to violate UCSD’s policies on academic integrity, no credit will be given for the

assignment and a grade of “F” will be posted for the course. Additionally, “clicking in” on behalf of

another student is a violation of Academic Integrity and will be dealt with according to university

procedures regarding academic integrity, subsequently, any student found responsible for violating UCSD

policies on academic integrity related to clicker participation will receive a grade of “0” for the course

participation component of the course.

Required Materials:

The Political System of the European Union. 3rd Ed. Hix and Høyland.

Democracy in Europe. Schmidt

The United States of Europe. Reid

Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century. Leonard

Of Paradise and Power. Kagan

i-Clicker remote


Although every effort has been made to place textbooks on reserve at the Geisel Library, university and

departmental budgetary difficulties may preclude all texts from being made available via reserves. While

the decision to purchase the textbooks is entirely yours, the decision not to purchase the textbooks is not a

viable excuse for not completing the assigned readings. If you elect not to purchase the books, it is your

responsibility to ensure that you have access to the material. Given the rising costs of textbooks, you may

wish to shop around online., Barnes and, all have used and new

textbooks at competitive prices.




Reading Schedule: Given that this is an upper division course, the reading load is extensive. For those of

you planning on completing post graduate studies please be advised that the reading list for this course is

quite modest compared to what you will face in your future studies. While I recognize that each of you

has a variety of commitments and responsibilities, I expect students to attend lecture prepared to actively

discuss the course readings and concepts. Strategies for tackling academic readings can be found on the

course website.

Course Schedule:

Week 0 (28 September): Course Logistics


Unit One: Background to Integration

Week 1 (1-5 October):

What Is Europe? The European Union?

Habermas and Derrida (What Binds Europeans Together?)*

Hix and Høyland CH 1

Schmidt CH 1

Kagan pgs. 3-11

Leonard Intro and CH 1


Uniting Europe

Reid CH 2

Kagan pgs. 12-27

Economist (EU Treaties)*

McCormick (Europeanism)*


Unit Two: Governing the European Union

Week 2 (8-12 October):

Institutions and Multilevel Governance in the European Union

Hix and Høyland CH 2-4

Schmidt CH 2


Week 3 (15-19 October):

Public Opinion, Parties and Elections

Hix and Høyland CH 5-6


Interest Articulation in the European Union

Hix and Høyland CH 7




Week 4 (22-26 October):

Is There a “Democratic Deficit”?

Schmidt CH 4

Moravscik (In Defense of the Democratic Deficit)*

Hix (What’s Wrong with the European Union?)*

Leonard CH 7




Creating a European Identity

Reid CH 8

Risse (A Community of Europeans?)*

Duchesne (Waiting for a European Identity)*



Unit Three: Policymaking in EU Politics

Week 5 (29 October-2 November):

The Single Market and Monetary Union

Reid CH 3-5

Hix and Høyland CH 8 and 10


Week 6 (5-9 November):

Challenges in EU Politics: The Eurozone Crisis

BBC News “What Really Caused the Euro Crisis?”:

This American Life (audio):

Economist “Is “Grexit” Good for the Euro?”:

Economist “The Merkel Memorandum”:

Economist “A Better Deal, But Still Painful”:




Week 7 (12-16 November):

Budgetary Policy, Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Funding

Hix and Høyland CH 9

Ahner (Cohesion Policy: Fostering European Integration through Development) *

Brunazzo and Della Sala (A Good Idea that Lost its Way: Cohesion Policy in the EU) *

Knudsen (Europe’s Common Values and Agricultural Policy: A Defense of the CAP) * Conceição-Heldt (EU Agricultural and Fisheries Policies: An Economic…) *



Week 8 (19-23 November):

Interior and Social Policy in the EU

Hix and Høyland CH 11

Reid CH 6



Kurzer (Markets and Moral Regulation-Abortion in Ireland)*

Kurzer and Cooper (Hold the Baguettes!-Obesity in the EU)*

Kurzer (Alcohol in Scandinavia)*









Unit Four: Transatlantic Relations and European Foreign Policy

Week 9 (26-30 November):

EU Enlargement and Brexit

Hix and Høyland CH 12

Leonard CH 6

Economist. “Adrift”:

Economist. “Brexit: An Aggravating Absence”:

Economist. “Article 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”:

Economist. “Managing Chaos”:

Economist. “From Folly to Fragmentation”

Financial Times. “Article 50: The Brexit Divorce Papers”:

BBC News “Key Points”:



Week 10 (3-7 December):

The Transatlantic Relationship

Reid CH 7

Leonard CH 3-5

Kagan pgs. 27-85


The Future of European Foreign Policy

Reid CH 9

Leonard CH 10-11

Kagan pgs. 85-158

Alesina and Giavazzi (A Future for Europe?)*


FINAL DUE BETWEEN 3:00 and 5:59pm on 12 December 2018

Location TBA on WebReg on Tritonlink


Disclaimer: This syllabus is intended to provide an overview of the course. You cannot claim any rights

from it. While the information included within the syllabus should be a reliable guide for the course,

scheduling and dates may change. Official announcements are always those made in lecture. Please be

advised that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of announcements made in lecture.

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