GEOG321-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

European Integration From Community to Union

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course is designed to introduce students to the process of European integration that has transformed post-1945 Europe and seen the European Union emerge as a new global power. The course draws on an inter-disciplinary approach and is focused on policy analysis.

The course is designed to introduce students to the process of European integration that has transformed post-1945 Europe and seen the EU emerge as an influential global player. The course is inter-disciplinary in approach and focused on policy analysis. The course is offered as either a 200 or 300 level EURA paper and a 300 level GEOG paper. The teaching format at the 300 level combines formal lecturing with seminars. An emphasis is placed on discussion at the third year level and students are required to present a seminar as part of their assessment. At the 200 level participation is expected – including through virtual discussion forums – but no seminar presentation is required.

The overall structure of the course will be discussed during the first week of class and revisions/additions may be possible at that time if specific issues or topics are not already covered in the outline. The first half of the course is lecture-based and covers the development, institutions, policies and idea of integration. The second half is taught on a seminar basis and focuses on specific policy areas and contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes

1. EURO310 will be a capstone for the Major and provide the knowledge-base for post graduate study. The course will provide an opportunity to experience research skill acquisition and involve original individual investigation of the policy and institutional complexities of the European integration process.

2. For those students who may not major in EU Studies these courses on both 200 level and 300 level will offer a comprehensive, if introductory overview of the EU.
EURO310/GEOG321 will provide a truly interdisciplinary and high quality academic insight into European integration by examining the ways in which the EU designs and implements policy. This insight is unique by focusing on the concept of European integration and investigates issues from an ‘integrated Europe’ (rather than simply a nation state) perspective.

3. EURO310/GEOG321 will facilitate critical thinking and open constructive discussions. Research assignments will allow the students to tailor the course to their area of interest and to practice their research and investigation skills.


One of: (a) 15 points with a B average in any Arts subject; or (b) any 15 points in GEOG at 200 level; or (c) 15 points of EURO at 200-level with a B Pass: or (d) 30 points of EURO at 200-level; or (e) any 45 points from the Arts Schedule at 200-level.


EURO210, EURO310, EURA210, EURA310

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Martin Holland


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 30% 2500 words maximum
Essay 2 30% 2500 words maximum
Seminar and PPT 30% Due weeks 7-12
Seminar attendance/participation 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Refer to course outline / Learn for reading lists.

In addition to the readings and resources, you would be advised to familiarise yourself with the European Union’s website. Commission Directorates-General are a key source for up-to-date information on the various topics discussed in this module.

Course links

Library portal


At 2pm every Friday during term the NCRE hosts a research seminar open to anyone interested in European issues. The seminars range from presentations by Ambassadors, visiting professors to NCRE thesis students covering a wide range of contemporary European topics. Students enrolled in this course are invited to attend and participate: however, this is totally optional and is not part of the course curriculum or assessment.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,833.00

International fee $9,500.00

* 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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All GEOG321 Occurrences

  • GEOG321-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023