European Integration in the Twentieth Century
John I. Brooks III, Ph.D., Instructor

Last taught: Spring 1998

Time: TR 2:30-3:45

Place: Adm 403

Credits: 3

Note: The official syllabus for this class is this web site, NOT any printed version. The general objectives and expectations described below will not change during the term. However, specific readings and due dates may vary. Any changes will be posted, and students are responsible for visiting the site frequently to make sure they have the most current information. Schedule of Readings | Assignments

Objectives and Expectations Description and Objectives: This course examines attempts by Western European nations in the twentieth century to achieve greater international cooperation and integration in the military, economic, and political spheres. Students will learn about the ways in which Europeans have tried to achieve integration and the implications of different kinds and degrees of integration for national sovereignty. The course will end with an examination of the prospects for greater integration in the future. The specific objectives of this course are as follows:



Required Texts (Available at the bookstore):


*Group project: group completes scrapbook; every member gets the same grade.

Late Papers, Rewrites: Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade unless you have a good excuse. You may rewrite up to three assignments for a higher grade. There is one exception: You may not rewrite the research paper after the end of the semester. Turn in your work on time, and rewrite it if you get a low grade.

Attendance and Participation: Learning is a cooperative, not just an individual, undertaking. Students learn better when they learn together and that they have a positive obligation to contribute to the conversation that makes them active learners. For these reasons, I will take attendance and grade participation in this class. Poor attendance and poor participation will hurt your grade; good attendance and poor participation will not help your grade; but good attendance and good participation will help your grade. I reserve the right to call upon students. You are allowed five (5) absences without penalty. Beyond five, absences must be excused or they will count against your final grade.

In this class, participation includes participation in group exercises. By taking this class, you agree to work in assigned groups for certain classroom discussions and homework assignments. You also agree to help evaluate the participation of members of your group.

Preparation: Participation requires preparation. You should complete assigned readings before class. If you have questions about the readings, you should write them down and ask me to explain during class. You should take notes on the readings and on class lectures. I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes to test whether students are doing the readings and to include these quizzes as part of the final grade.

Academic Honesty: In this class, some assignments will be individual, and some will be group. For individual assignments, academic honesty means doing your own work. You may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. For group assignments, on the other hand, academic honesty means contributing to the work of the group. If you do not, you are getting credit for work you didn't do.

For all assignments, you should use quotations and ideas from sources to support what you say. If you quote or use specific information from a text, you must tell me where you found it-that is, you must CITE YOUR SOURCES. If I find you guilty of academic dishonesty, you will have to rewrite the assignment. The second time, you will fail the assignment, with no chance for a rewrite. The third time you will fail the course.

Incompletes: I give an incomplete only if a student is unable for good reasons to complete a small portion of the assignments for a course. Good reasons include illness or accident; generally speaking, too much work in other courses is not a good reason. I will not give an incomplete simply because a student is afraid of getting a low grade.

Schedule of Class Meetings and Readings Objectives and Expectations | Assignments Note: Readings and/or dates may change. Check this site frequently!




Jan 19-23 The European Union--A New Kind of Economic and Political Entity The European Union in the US
Jan 26-30 World War II, Post-war Reconstruction, and Plans for European Integration Dinan 9-16, Harryvan and Harst 38-42, 55-60
Feb 2-6 The Marshall Plan and Economic Cooperation Dinan 16-21, Harryvan and Harst 43-45, 52-55
Feb 9-13 The Schumann Plan and the European Coal and Steel Community Dinan 21-26, Harryvan and Harst 61-65
Feb 16-20 Other Efforts at Integration Dinan 27-30, Harryvan and Harst 75-82
Feb 23-27 The Treaty of Rome Dinan 30-37, 199-228; Harryvan and Harst 92-94, 104-19
Mar 2-6 De Gaulle and the EEC in the 1960s Dinan 39-38, Harryvan and Harst 125-28, 132-41
Mar 9-13 Midterm Assessment  
Mar 16-20 Spring Break: no classes!  
Mar 23-27 Enlargement and Deepening Dinan 69-99, 229-56; Harryvan and Harst 168-69, 176-77, 181-84, 191-96
Mar 30-Apr 3 A First Attempt at Economic and Monetary Integration Harryvan and Harst 177-78, 196-99
  Apr 2: Faculty In-Service: No Class  
Apr 6-10 Turning the Corner, 1979-1984  
Apr 13-17 The Transformation of the EC, 1985-88 Dinan 129-56, 335-62; Harryvan and Harst 232-38
Apr 20-24 The Maastricht Treaty Dinan 157-95; Harryvan and Harst 273-84
Apr 27-May 1 Europe Post-Maastricht I--EMU and its Problems Dinan 417-36; Harryvan and Harst 287-90; Euro 1999 Convergence Report; The Euro Home Page
May 4-8 Europe Post-Maastricht II--the EU and the World Dinan 437-500; Harryvan and Harst 248-52, 286-90
May 11-15 Final Assessment  

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Last Update: January 20, 1998