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Advanced European Studies

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Spring 2021

Professor Carlo Ruzza

 semester 2

E-mail: carlo.ruzza@unitn.it

Office hours: Wednesday 4-6 pm – School of International Studies (please book a time slot using this link:

https://doodle.com/poll/beh4mstgsgk7ngk6 ).


On completion of this module students are expected to be

•••Familiar with contemporary debates in European Union studies.

Be able to demonstrate an ability to think, discuss and write about these debates critically.

The module aims to provide students with knowledge on the functioning of EU institutions, on the EU main public policies and on the main theories utilized to frame the process of European integration.


Basic knowledge of European Union politics


This module reviews some of the key policies of the European Union and the functioning of its main institutions with a particular focus on current developments. The module consists of four sections. (1) Review of EU institutions and policies, (2) Europeanisation, globalization, the European state and its transformations, (3) Theories of European integration and the impact on the EU of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermaths.

After a brief historical review of the process of European construction, the module focuses on the structures and

functions of the main EU institutions and some of the main EU policies. A second section focuses on the current

debates on the process of European construction, the role of the EU in international relations with particular reference

to processes of widening of the international arena and processes of redefinition of the functions of the state in the

European context. With specific reference to the EU level, the third section examines current challenges and the

transformations of the European Project.


The module is taught by discussion seminars introduced by a lecture by the module leader. The discussion is

organized around set questions and prescribed readings. It is expected that students will be familiar not only with the

set readings but will have read supplementary texts. It is required that students will have studied the weekly set texts

sufficiently to be able to summarize them, elaborate the issues they deal with and have formed views regarding the

meaning, significance and implications of the texts for the topics under consideration. The prescribed reading will be

supplemented by independent reading, drawing upon library and electronic sources.


Exam on the handbook and one of the mandatory readings listed in the reference list. Students can also choose to

do a class presentation and write a related essay of 2500 words, in which case the essay plus presentation, and the

exam will each be worth 50% of the final mark.

In view of the current coronavirus emergency, further information on assessment criteria (i.e. oral or written

exam) and on the structure of the module will be communicated and copied in Moodle in the near future.

Thursday lectures will take place in room 108. Friday lectures will be online. Zoom links will be communicated

through Moodle.

Here is a link to a doodle to book a slot for presentations. Up to two students can present at any one lecture.


Each session will consist of a 45-minute presentation by the lecturer, followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of

structured discussion and student presentations.


Mandatory Reading:

Cini M, Perez-Solorzano N (eds) (2019) European Union Politics. Oxford UP, Oxford (selected chapters).

Additional Key Readings

Dedman M (2009) The Origins and Development of the European Union 1945–2008. Routledge, London

Heywood A (2011) Global Politics. Palgrave, London (selected chapters).

Staab A (2011) The European Union Explained. Indiana University Press, Bloomington

TRENZ, H.-J., RUZZA, C. & GUIRAUDON, V. 2015. Europe's Prolonged Crisis. The Making or the Unmaking of a Political

Union. London: Palgrave.

Additional readings will be provided as the courses proceeds.



There will be a seminar after each lecture. In seminars, we will cover the contents of lectures through thematically

related readings. They are meant to clarify the approaches discussed in the lectures. Readings for the seminars are

short articles from a variety of sources.

Students are expected to have read the materials in advance and be ready to summarise them and discuss the

connections to the lectures. In the course of the discussion, we will examine all the articles assigned.

In each seminar two students will be ask to present in 10-15 minutes the materials assigned for the week according

to a previously set schedule. Class discussion will follow.