The European Model: Understand the Rationale for Creating the Union and for Working Towards Its Widening and Deepening

Localizing Global Changes

Julian Junk
Julian Junk


Julian Junk is currently co-leader of the research projects "Administrative Science Meets Peacekeeping" and "Coping with the complex side of bureaucracy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He was a visiting scholar at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), at the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at the Columbia University in New York, and at the Institute of Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). Julian Junk published Transnational Attention, Domestic Agenda-Setting, and International Agreement and modeled Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Media-Driven Humanitarian Interventions at WZB (Berlin Social Science Center) together with Joachim Blatter.

Module Summary:

One of the major challenges but also opportunities for traditional statehood 'from above' is the attempt to bargain for supranational models such as the European Union. This Module introduces you to the rationale for creating the union and for working towards its widening and deepening. It will deal with the many problems and challenges along this way and focus on different European neighborhood policies. In addition, the economic and financial architecture of the union and the implications of the sovereign debt crisis for the Euro zone will be described in detail to you.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be familiarized with the theory as well as practical examples concerning the bargaining for supranational models, its challenges and opportunities.
  • You will get the opportunity to analyze and critically discuss different European neighborhood policies and the European attempt to create a common foreign policy.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper.


  • Writing an essay concerning the questions about challenges to European democracy.
  • Participation in a Discussion Board Task including the preparing and uploading of an essay as well as giving a constructive feedback on the post of one other participant.
  • Preparing the final research paper based on a research question linked to at least one of the units of the module. The final paper determines your final grade and can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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