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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.
The following topics will be covered in this course:1. Introduction2. Post World War II reconstitution, political division and the establishment of different political and economic systems in Western and Eastern Europe3. 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 East4. 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 Europe5. The foundation of the European Union - the end of national economic policies?6. The EU in the international environment - Democracy promotion and globalization7. The EU's eastern enlargement and the success of post-communist political and economic transition8. Limits and prospects for further EU enlargement
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.
15 points in POLS at 100-level. Students not meeting the prerequisites but with at least a B average in 60 points in appropriate courses may be admitted to take Political Science and International Relations courses at the 200-level with the approval of the Department Coordinator.
EURA224, EURO224, EURA324, EURO324
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 $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* 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.