EURA224-17SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2017 start

Democratic and Economic Evolution of Europe

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 November 2017
End Date: Sunday, 24 December 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 November 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 15 December 2017


This course is designed to provide sufficient knowledge and understanding of recent economic developments and democratisation processes in Europe as a whole and within the EU as an institution. It will examine the institutional and policy changes that have happened since the European "reunification" in 1989, but significant attention will be paid to the economic and political history of the continent also.

The following topics will be covered in this course:
1. Introduction
2. Post World War II reconstitution, political division and the establishment of different political and economic systems in Western and Eastern Europe
3. The beginnings of economic integration, the great boom and the creation of "welfare states" (1950-1973) in the West and forced industrialization and urbanization in the East
4. The search for economic stability since 1973 in the West; the failure and collapse of the communist political and economic 'project' in Central and Eastern Europe
5. The foundation of the European Union - the end of national economic policies?
6. The EU in the international environment - Democracy promotion and globalization
7. The EU's eastern enlargement and the success of post-communist political and economic transition
8. Limits and prospects for further EU enlargement

Learning Outcomes

  • This course will enable students to become familiar with the context, origins and major problems of economic development and the democratisation processes in Europe as a whole since 1945, and the institutional and economic policy changes that have happened in the EU, its member states and in the countries of former Eastern Europe since the end of the cold war. In particular, through their work in this course, students are expected to be able to:
  • understand and define the nature and meaning of political and economic differences between Western and Eastern Europe during their cold war division,
  • understand, describe and analyse the basic economic and socio-political motives for the creation of the EU’s predecessor, the European Economic Community, and also for the EU’s recent eastern enlargement,
  • define the major socio-political and economic development problems which were faced by the EU and its member states on one side and by the candidates and potential candidates for EU membership from the region of ex-communist Eastern Europe on the other in the period after the end of the cold war,
  • develop an awareness of theoretical debates relating to the themes and topics examined.


Any 15 points in EURA or
EURO 100-level courses OR any 45 points at 100 level in Arts, Commerce, Law or
any 45 points with the approval of the course coordinator.


POLS224, EURO224, EURO324, EURA324

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Milenko Petrovic


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
One-hour in class test 06 Dec 2017 25% Students are required to answer several short open ended questions and one essay style question
Essay - 2,000 words 15 Dec 2017 35% Students are required to write an essay on the chosen topic and submit it by the due date
Final exam - 2 hours 40% Students are required to answer two essay style questions in two hours

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Lavigne, Marie,1935-; The economics of transition : from socialist economy to market economy; 2nd ed; Macmillan Press, 1999.

Schulze, Max-Stephan; Western Europe : economic and social change since 1945; Addison Wesley Longman, 1998 ((chapters 1-9)).

Additional and optional readings are listed in the Course Outline (available for enrolled students on LEARN).

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $732.00

International fee $2,975.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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