Netherlands, Utrecht

European Integration: the EU from West to East

when 2 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1790

This course is a joint programme on European integration of Utrecht University’s Summer School and the International Summer University of the University of Tartu.

The first two weeks will take place in the Netherlands, a founding member of what is now the European Union. The participants will learn of the European Union (EU), its history, institutional structures, current aims, and future challenges. The course will also analyse how the development of a single market facilitates European economy that now represents almost a third of the total economic output of the world. For these two weeks you will follow the course European Politics and Economy.

After this introduction, participants will spend two weeks in Estonia, an EU-member since 2004. During this time, students will focus on the case of the Baltic states and Russia. Participants will get familiar with the region’s geopolitical situation, which provides necessary background for understanding contemporary foreign policy in the northeast of Europe. The course is based on broader issues such as Euro-Atlantic integration, regional co-operation, decolonization issues and Russian foreign policy. Participants will analyze topics such as EU and NATO enlargement, international cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, Baltic-Russian relations, and Russian relations with the Western countries. The module in Estonia takes place Tartu (one week) and Pärnu (one week).

Course leader

M. Susi and J. Verheul

Target group

The programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe. The course has a focus on political and economical sciences, with emphasis on European institutions and integration.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce the European Union, European Institutions, (shared) foreign policy and new challenges. The course will study both the development towards a united Europe and the enduring diversity of national policy, law and geopolitical background (new) member states have to deal with in the process of European integration.

Credits info

8 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1790: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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