4 ECTS credits
100 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8017272GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Institute for European Studies
Educational team
Luk VAN LANGENHOVE (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
100 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

The course on History and Theories of European Integration has a two-fold aim: first, it is designed to provide a critical inquiry on the main social, political and economic events that determined unprecedented cooperation in Europe in the aftermaths of World War II. We will follow each milestone of European integration by looking at the provisions and effects of every succeeding treaty, agreement or enlargement wave on the (old and new) Member States, the Union itself, as well as third countries and the broader international community. Secondly the course aims to add its contribution to the debate on the nature of the European integration process by discussing the major theories that have attempted to explain the sources of European integration and their consequences. At the end of this course, you should have a clear overview on the European integration process from “Paris to Lisbon” and, as such, a better understanding of the nature of the Union’s contemporary challenges.

The course consists of the six following modules:

  • Module 1. European Integration: An Introduction
  • Module 2. The Community: A New Model for Europe
  • Module 3. Deepening and Widening: Towards a Single Market
  • Module 4. A Union in the Making: From Maastricht to Lisbon
  • Module 5. State of the Union: Turbulent Times
  • Module 6. Quo Vadis Europe? The Future of European Integration

The duration of the course is 12 weeks.

Additional info


Learning Outcomes

Geenral Competencies

After completing the EU-module, students should be able to:

  • Give an overview of the decisive developments of European integration post-1950;
  • Understand the historical foundations as well as the main theories of European integration.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 40% of the final mark.
Other Exam determines 60% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written Exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Assignments with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 60% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Each of the six modules consists of reading material and an assignment, which will be evaluated by the course coordinator and counts for 10% of the final grade. The students are given 2 weeks to finalise each module. Upon the end of the six modules, the students take a final exam, that counts for the remaining 40%.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate European Policy Making: Default track