UVSRPCP032 Integration Processes in Europe

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Ing. Silvia Ručinská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Anna Václavíková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Anna Václavíková, CSc.
Institute of Public Administration and Social Policy - Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the characteristics of integration processes with special focus on development of European integration, with focus on European Union. The target is to provide the characteristics of political, economic, social changes in Europe after World War II which had lead to current form of EU - as one of the greatest European integration formation. Theoretical approaches to integration tendencies. Pluses and minuses (advantages and disadvantages) of economic integration. Integration processes in the period between two wars. Renewal of post-war destroyed Europe (Marshall plan, NATO, Comecon, Warsaw Pact etc.) Examples of functioning of integration formations in the world, in Europe (economic, military). Genesis of European communities (1950 Monetary Union, 1957 Euroatom, EEC), characteristic of EU institutions. The aim of the course is to also provide examples of effective integration groupings in the world, in Europe (economic, military), to capture the genesis of the European Communities (1950 European Coal and Steel Community, 1957 Euratom, EEC, etc.), to explain the characteristics of the institutions of the EC/EU and capture integration trends in Europe after the collapse of the Socialist block, the collapse of COMECON, the formation of the Visegrad Group, the creation of CEFTA, to become familiar with the Association Agreements and the Copenhagen criteria, to trace the process of the preparatory phase of the Czech Republic and some other candidate countries for accession to the EU , including the situation after their entry. The course is followed by an ensuing semester course on the European Union. Study Outcomes: Professional Knowledge: Student acquire knowledge about the efforts to integrate Europe already in the distant past, the knowledge about the history and shaping of integration groupings after World War II in Europe and beyond, up to the present, including theoretical apparatus. Professional Skills: Students are able to navigate the issue of European integration after World War II. General Qualification: With their theoretical knowledge, the students meet the prerequisites of middle management level workers and the possibility of continuation at a higher level. Competences: Students are well informed about the issue of economic and political changes in Europe, and also able to give a qualified interpretation of these issues.
  • 1. Commencement - introduction to the issue of integration, basic concepts, forms of integration
    2. Degrees of economic integration, examples, theoretical approaches to integration
    3. The genesis of European integration - history of European integration, its roots, integration in the 20th century
    4. The process of EU enlargement (1973, 1981, 1986), the Single European Act
    5. Single European Act, the Single Internal Market, four freedoms
    6. On the road to the European Union - the Maastricht Treaty, the enlargement of the EU in 1995, the Treaty of Amsterdam, Nice, Copenhagen
    7. Legal bases of the EC/EU - legal system, institutions and bodies of the EU
    8. EU institutions and decision-making institutions, advisory bodies
    9. Western Europe-the Marshall plan--Program of the European recovery and integration, Eastern Europe-COMECON, etc.
    10. Integration of Europe after 1989, CEFTA - Central European Free Trade Agreement, CEI.
    11. Visegrad - Visegrad 3.4, its development and visions
    12. Other integration groupings in Europe, integration processes outside Europe.
    13. A summary of the topics discussed, the current status of integration processes in Europe.
    required literature
  • VÁCLAVÍKOVÁ, A. Hospodářský vývoj evropských regionů (Evropská unie II.). Opava: SU, 2012. info
  • VÁCLAVÍKOVÁ, A. Integrační procesy v Evropě. (Evropská unie I). Opava Slezská univerzita, 2011. URL info
  • HOŘČIČKA, V., KOVÁŘ, M. Dějiny evropské integrace II. Praha: TRITON, 2006. ISBN 80-7254-741-0. info
  • HOŘČIČKA, V., KOVÁŘ, M. Dějiny evropské integrace I. Praha: TRITON, 2005. ISBN 80-7254-731-3. info
  • HAD, M., URBAN, L. Evropská společenství. První pilíř Evropské unie. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-85864-88-6. info
    recommended literature
  • RUMPEL, P. a kol. Geografické aspekty evropské integrace. Ostrava: Universitas Ostraviensis, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7368-264-4. info
  • LACINA, L. a kol. Měnová integrace. Náklady a přínosy členství v měnové unii. Praha: C.H.Beck, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7179-560-5. info
  • KÖNIG, P., LACINA, L., PŘENOSIL, J. Učebnice evropské integrace. Brno: Barrister&Principa., 2006. ISBN 80-7364-022-8. info
  • JANÍČEK, L., DRDLA, M., RAIS, K. Evropská unie - instituce, ekonomická, bezpečnostní a sociální politika. Praha, 2002. ISBN 80-7226-819-8. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
Recommended participation in lectures, study of literature according to the methodological material
Examination - written exam
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023.
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