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History of European Integration


This curricular unit is core in the course syllabus, as it aims to build a deep view of the historical evolution of the European Project, fostering a better understanding of the functioning of the European Union, through a historical analysis of the Community Treaties, either in terms of economic construction in the context of the political construction of the European Union. This knowledge allows the student to be able to critically analyze the European project and be prepared for the Curricular Units that will be held in the following years of the Course.


Political Science and Election Studies

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



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1. From the idea of Europe to the European project.

2. Theorizing European integration.

3. Europe after World War II: the search for unity and cooperation.

4. The founding fathers of Europe.

5. The foundations of Europe of integration: the Treaty of Paris.

6. The European Defense Community and the European Political Community: the federalist illusion.

7. The Community Way: The Treaties of Rome.

8. The 1970s: the decade of stagnation for European integration?

9. The Single Market: Paving the way for a neo-liberal project?

10. The economic and political construction of the Union: the Maastricht Treaty.

11. The road to Amsterdam: a flexible Europe?

12. The enlargements of the Union and the challenges of the great European enlargement: cohesion or

13. The Treaty of Lisbon: strengthening the Union.

14. Future prospects for Europe: the need for Europe and the necessary Europe.



Provide a thorough insight into the historical evolution of the European Project.

Provide knowledge that allows to know how to contextualize the evolution of the construction of the European Union in the theories of integration.

To facilitate the understanding of the functioning of the European Communities over the decades until they became the current European Union, understanding the various reforms that the Community Treaties have been going through and, consequently, the evolution of the economic and political construction of the European Union.

Understand the strengths and challenges that have arisen and still stand for the construction of the European Union.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes consist of the exposition and the debate of the syllabus contents. To ensure the deepening of the contents, students' participation is encouraged through the presentation and discussion of works (individual and / or in group). In terms of learning innovation, bet on scientific and technical knowledge, orality (oral presentation and presentation) and writing (of written works and written tests); in technological knowledge, regarding the use of computer means and digital platforms, as tools and strategies for communication, research and knowledge, essential to individual and collaborative work; in interpersonal relationships, the basis of collaborative work, founded on reflection, critical capacity and autonomy and professional development.

Mandatory elements of the continuous assessment: two tests (35% each) and one work (30%). In the evaluation by exam of appeal, the student that has a classification between 8 and 9 values ¿¿can make oral test.


Camisão, I. & Lobo-Fernandes, L. (2005). Construir a Europa. O processo de integração entre a teoria e a história. Oeiras: Principia-Publicações Universitárias e Científicas.

Conceição, E. (2016). O futuro da União Europeia. Lisboa: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.

Dinan, D. (2004). Europe Recast: a History of the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Gerbert, P. (1994). La Construction de l`Europe., 2ªed. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale Éditions.

Silva, A. M. (2010). História da Unificação Europeia. A Integração Europeia (1945-2010). Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade.

Wiener, A. & Diez, T. (2005). European Integration Theory. Oxford: Oxford, UniversityPress.

Urwin, D. W. (1991). The Community of Europe: a History of European Integration since 1945. London: Longman.

Wrihgt, T. (2013). Europe´s Lost Decad. Survival: global Politics and Strategy 55(6): 7-28.

Valério, N. (2010). História da União Europeia. Lisboa: Presença.


Office Hours

Nome do docente  

Horário de atendimento


Maria Elisabete Guedes Pinto da Costa

Terças-feiras, 9h30 - 12h30

Sala de professores