EUR3416 - Contesting Europe

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Vurderingsordning: Hjemmeeksamen
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurdering Vekting Varighet Delkarakter Hjelpemidler
Hjemmeeksamen 100/100 1 uker ALLE

Faglig innhold

Who supports European integration, membership in the European Union, or other forms of close cooperation among European Nations? Who opposes this, and why do they do so? Which alternative visions for Europe exist beyond demands for more Europe and less Europe? This course analyses attitudes, preferences and behaviour of key societal actors on issues related to European integration and cooperation. We review public opinion, party politics, public discourse and social movements, and investigate how societal actors, such as individual citizens and political parties, relate to the European Union. We also examine how the issue of European integration is presented and debated in national parliaments and the media. This course discusses key episodes of contention in which European integration is at the forefront, for instance during referendums on membership and European Parliament elections. Additionally, this course looks at how we study contestation by challenging students to assess and evaluate empirical research on related topics.


Successful candidates are expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:



  • understand the varieties of attitudes about Europe and their grounding in various political ideologies
  • have a thorough understanding of public opinion and public debate about European integration, including the explanatory power of identity and interests
  • have a thorough understanding of key theories explaining attitudes and behaviours on European integration
  • have a thorough understanding of party politics about EU issues and of the involvement of civil society organizations and social movements campaigning on EU issues
  • have a thorough understanding of how referenda on European integration work


Candidates are able to

  • assess the reliability and validity of empirical studies in this field
  • apply relevant theories to political conflict about Europe
  • apply relevant theories and concepts in response to short essay questions on a take-home exam

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Lectures. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Oral presentation

Mer om vurdering

The students must pass the oral presentation requirements in order to be evaluated in the course. Evaluation in this course is a written take-home exam. In the event of a legitimate absence or a failed exam, students can apply to the Department of Historical and Classical Studies for re-sitting the examination the following semester. Students who have obtained a passing grade but wish to improve their grade have to register for class and sit the ordinary exam when the course is taught. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Spesielle vilkår

Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.




Available at the start of the semester.

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Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  7.5 SP
Studienivå: Høyere grads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  HØST 2022

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Europastudier

Ansvarlig enhet
Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier


Vurderingsordning: Hjemmeeksamen

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