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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.
This course is designed to provide sufficient knowledge and understanding of economic developments and democratisation processes in Europe as a whole since 1945 and of 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 European “reunification” in 1989. The course examines the different composition of political and economic institutions, mechanisms and outcomes in Western and Eastern Europe during the 1945-1989 period which are presently mixed together by the process of thorough economic and democratic transition of the countries of former communist Eastern Europe and their accession into the EU. Particular consideration is given to the examination of the political, economic and social issues resulting from the recent process of rapid EU enlargement to the East which affects not only the direct Enlargement actors but also carries global importance.
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 in the field and engage with them via written workcritically analyse the importance of 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,design and carry out an original independent investigation of the current socio-political and economic development problems in one European state and critically analyse and present the results of their original investigation in writing and orally in student-led seminars.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 30 points at 200 level from EURA or POLS, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
EURO224, EURO 324, EURA224, POLS224
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The economics of transition : from socialist economy to market economy
Macmillan Press, 1999.
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).
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences