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Open Programma

European Integration

This course explores the origins, development and contemporary practices of and debates on European integration.

In the first half of the course, we will examine the historical origins and evolution of the European integration process on the basis of a three-level analysis: we will consider the international, the European and the national dimensions relevant to the understanding of the of the European Community/Union. The EU will be investigated in its political, economic, social, cultural and institutional dimensions. The framework of this first part is broadly chronological. 

In the second half of the course, we will zoom in on selected historical and contemporary issues and debates. This part focuses in particular on economic and social integration and the alleged existence of a “European Social Model”.  We will tackle the question of the inner tension between the seemingly unquenchable neoliberal turn and the European ambition to provide a renewed and updated form of socially embedded capitalism. How and to what extent has the EU tried to contain neoliberal pressures since 1980s? We will also explore the relevance of the discourse and narratives crafted to underpin the actions and policies enacted by Brussels. How do we make sense of the different narratives of European integration? How successful have they been in defining a sense of European distinctiveness and identity across the continent and beyond? This part of the course will also focus on selected key issues, like gender mainstreaming, the environment, the role of the EU in the world and immigration.


Dr. C. (Claske) Vos

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

Time, location and price

  • 7 November - 1 February 2023
  • Monday 13:00-15:00 and Wednesday 15:00-17:00
  • Oudemanhuispoort D0.08 (on both days)
  • Price: € 250 / € 225 (AUV-members)

For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website. 

Important te know

  • Registration deadline: 23 October 2022
  • You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.

Study material

  • Articles and book chapters will be made available on Canvas.

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

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