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   Course Title    Making of New Europe
Lecturer    Martina Rutsekova
Institution    Matej Bel University
Country    Slovakia


To provide a broad introduction to contemporary Europe or European Integration in the widest sense – the coming together of political, economical institutions and societies. It covers the main themes of post-war European history in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.


This one semester course will develop specialisms through the options of cultural studies with the aim to prepare global managers and negotiators in a multicultural and integrated Europe.


Each session will be discussed from the historical perspective, students will be introduced to a series of essential questions that will guide discussions. Students will give presentation of their mandatory readings, followed by interchanging views. Potential round table with a guest lecturer will conclude the course.


WEEK 1: Opening week. Introduction to European Studies. European Integration Studies within ES. Goals, rationale and literature of the course. Organization of students’ assignments.

WEEK 2: Turning points of European History focusing on 20th century.

To what extent do historical developments in East and Central Europe have to be explained in terms of progress of European civilization?

WEEK 3: Post-war development. The historical Division between EAST and WEST. The nature of Cold war.

Why were Communist regimes imposed on eastern Europe in the late 1940s?

WEEK 4 : The Revolution of 1989-90, Citizens against the State in Central Eastern Europe. Democracy and Citizens.

Why did the communist regimes collapse so quickly, did they contain any new ideas? How did modern civil society emerge in its struggle with the state power?

WEEK 5 : The Nation-state and Nationalism. The breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

What are the different varieties of nationalism? Can a nation be defined independently of the existence of a state? Is there a link between nationalism and industrialism?

WEEK 6 : Western European Modes of Society. Modernity, Individualism and Totalitarianism.

How far is individualism a specific feature of European culture? What is the link between the rise of individualism and the rise of modern state?

WEEK 7: European Political Integration.

How far does EU rest on an integrationist strategy and processes? Which are the key elements of intergovernmentalism and supranationalism? How adaptable is EU for a wider and more diverse membership? Has European policy-making neglected market factors? Distinguish between static and dynamic gains from removing tariffs. How will EMU happen?

WEEK 8: European Economic Integration.

Has European policy-making neglected market factors? Distinguish between static and dynamics gains from removing tariffs. How will EMU happen?

WEEK 9: European Institutions.

What can be derived from Ees-European experience of institution-building that might be relevant to Central and Eastern-Europe?

WEEK 10: Europe and Globalization of the world economy.

What are the new rules of the new market in global economy? What are the hazards and opportunities of the globalized economy?

WEEK 11 : Closing week – students can reflect on the implications of the knowledge gained.

Revision of the topics. Evaluation of students’ performance.


A Mandatory literature

  1. M. Wight, The System of States. 1977.
  2. J. Szucz, Three Historical Regions of Europe. 1988
  3. J.L.Gaddis, Inquiries into the history of the Cold War. 1987
  4. R. Dahrendorf, Reflections on the Revolutions in Europe. 1990
  5. D.Held, From City – States to a Cosmopolitan Order, 1992.
  6. P. Wagner, A Sociology of Modernity, liberty and Discipline. 1994
  7. B. Laffan, Integration and Cooperation in Europe. 1992.
  8. H. Wallace, Policy-Making in the New Europe .1996.
  9. P. Holmes, The Political economy of EC Integration. 1992
  10. P. Hirst, G. Thomson, Globalization in Question. 1996

B.Recommended literature

Documents and other resources related to the topics will be available in the European Information Center established at the University.

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