The European Union
(Az Európai Unió) in spring 2014
, Thu 11:30–13:00
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: ANG-001
description & set texts
The European Union
(Az Európai Unió)
BBN-ANE-403 B.A. lecture course, 2 hrs/wk, 3 credits
Instructor: Tibor Frank, Ph.D., D.Litt., Professor
The lecture course serves as an introduction to the EU specialization module at ELTE SEAS, discussing the history and structure of the European Union. After surveying the most important conflicts in modern European history and some of the major efforts at conflict resolution, the course discusses the developments after World War II and the rise of a need to unite first the Western half, later the whole of Europe. Presenting some of the key figures of early Union history, the course turns to the structure and structural development of the Union, focusing especially on the major treaties the shaped the fate of the European Union. We discuss the entry into, and the membership of, Hungary in the Union and pay special attention to the evolving financial system of the Eurozone. The course concludes with a discussion of the rising nationalist sentiment throughout the Continent of Europe, from Greece to Ireland.
Conflicts in Modern European History: The World Wars
Strategies of Cooperation: Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations, Richard Graf Coudenhouve-Kalergi, Otto von Habsburg and the Pan-European (Paneuropa) Movement
The United Nations Organization and its Specialized Agencies
The Post-1945 World I: Tehran, Yalta, Potsdam
The Post-1945 World II: The Iron Curtain Descending, the Nuremberg Trials, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Air Lift, NATO (1949), the Warsaw Pact (1955)
The Post-1945 World III: The Cold War era
The Makers and Shapers of a United Europe I-II: Sir Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, Charles De Gaulle, Alcide de Gasperi, Paul-Henri Spaak, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman
From the European Coal and Steel Community (1951) to the Common Market (1957)
The Key Treaties of United Europe: Schengen (1985), Maastricht (1992), Amsterdam (1997), Bologna (1999), Nice (2001), Lisbon (2007)
Enlargements: from the Inner Six to Croatia
Hungary and the European Union (2004–)
The euro (€) and the Eurozone
The Rise of New Nationalism and the Future of Europe
Zoltán Horváth, Handbook on the European Union (4th ed., Budapest: HVG-ORAC, 2012)
Previous editions of the Handbook on the European Union were published in tens of thousands of copies in English, French, Hungarian and Slovak. The European Commission, among others, granted financial assistance to its distribution and translations. It is used as reference volume at several universities and colleges, and is one of the books of first choice for people aspiring to become or already working as officials at EU institutions.
The book provides a comprehensive overview of the European Union and its functioning from a political, economic as well as legal perspective, outlining the EU’s institutions, policies and legal and decision-making mechanisms in simple language. It also contains a glossary of 400 terms, which can serve as a compendium on its own.
This book owes much of its success to the fact that it evolves together with the European Union, keeping its readers abreast of the latest changes in Europe’s architecture. One would be hard pressed to find many volumes that follow the EU’s development so closely, with subsequent editions published so frequently. This latest edition presents the post-Lisbon Union as overhauled by the Treaty of Lisbon, discussing the latest policy reforms from Europe’s response to the financial and economic crisis to agricultural policy reforms, from the EU as a global player to a revised European energy policy. As in the case of previous editions, the Handbook gives an exhaustive and up-to-date overview of the Union, making it an essential read for those who want to know more about the EU and how it works.
Professor Zoltán Horváth is the author of eight books on the European Union and international organisations. He studied in Hungary, France and the United Kingdom, and wrote his PhD thesis on EU decision-making. He has worked at the University of Economics of Budapest, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian National Assembly, and the Budapest Management College. In the last few years he has also led on behalf of the EU several capacity building and EU approximation projects in candidate and potential candidate countries. His last book was nominated for the European Book Prize in 2011.
requirements & assessment
Mandatory attendance and active participation, research paper of 10 pages
Attendance and active participation 30%, research paper 35%, final exam 35%