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   Course Title    European Regional Integration
Lecturer    Višnja Samardžija
Institution    University of Zagreb
Country    Croatia


The course "European Regional Integration" is part of the postgraduate program "Croatia and Europe - European Studies" at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb. The course was formerly entitled "Economic Aspects of European Integration". After attending the CRC session International Relations and European Studies and the insight in the CEU syllabi, the initial program was revised. The title of the course was changed into "European Regional Integration".

This course outline was developed in cooperation with CEU. The revised syllabus was already introduced in the first semester, which started in April 1999.

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to acquaint postgraduate students with some of the main principles and functioning of the European integration and society as a whole, focusing on the position of the EU future candidates and other European non-member countries, thus giving them better understanding of the position of Croatia in this context. The course objective is to build up new capacities for cooperation with European integrations and organisations and to develop human resources necessary to speed up the whole process of integration and transition.

The program of the course covers the following topics: introduction into the theories of integration (conceptual approach; theories of economic and political integration, theory of customs union); globalism versus regionalism - global organisations and regional integration; main principles of the functioning of economic integration; the roots of European integration process, European Union after Maastricht and Amsterdam; common policies (development of common policies, basic principles, presentation of selected policies with the emphasis on the common commercial policy, common agricultural policy - CAP, external policy, etc); European integration in the context of democratic citizenship; EU enlargement - relations with Central and Eastern Europe; interdependence of integration and transition - the economy of transition of Central and Eastern Europe; sub-regional integration in Central and Eastern Europe (CEFTA, CEI, BSEC, CBSS, etc); the architecture of Europe at the end of millennium; European documentation and data bases. The schedule of seminars and readings follows the above programme of the course.

The duration of the course is 30 hours. There is a possibility to widen the course in the next academic year, and the outline of the course has been developed having in mind such a possibility.

Course Requirements

Seminar participation, participation in discussions (critiques of the readings etc), seminar presentation, term paper/essay.

The course is post-graduate and students are expected to form judgements and make critical analyses of the readings. There will be a short, introductory lecture, followed by a seminar that consists of conversations and readings. Practical workshops will cover some specific fields (European databases, seminar in the European Documentation Centre).


Recommended literature includes the following (reading for the course is derived from the mentioned sources): (1) Dent, Christopher: The European Economy. The Global Context. Routledge. London - NY. 1999.; (2) Baldwin, R.: "Towards an Integrated Europe", CEPR, London, 1994.; (3) Wallace, H. - Wallace, W.: "Policy Making in the European Union", Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997.; (3) Samardžija, Višnja: "Europska unija i Hrvatska - putevi povezivanja i suradnje", IMO Zagreb 1994.; (4) Mayhew, Alan: "Recreating Europe - The European Union's Policy Towards Central and Eastern Europe", Cambridge University Press, 1998.; (5) Atlas Europe, Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krleža, Zagreb, 1997.; (6) Euroscope, Bulletin of the European Documentation Centre, IMO-EDC, Zagreb.

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