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European Integration, Civil Society and Social Movements

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Organization under Pandemic Conditions
This course will be held online in the winter term 2021/22. Students must be online during the dates and times provided in the course catalogue. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below).

Contact Hours

2 hrs per week


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course will be taught at irregular intervals. It will be available in the winter term 2021/22.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and rooms.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to European integration theory. It addresses the unprecedented expansion of regional governance in the European Union and the Council of Europe. It begins with the founding of both organisations and traces their development to the present day. It describes the actors and ideas behind the establishment of these organisations and introduces the main theories of European integration. It then explores the role that principled actors, including civil society and social movements, have played in European integration. It addresses the contribution of several contemporary social movements to European integration. These include the women’s rights movement, minority rights activism, and the environment. Finally, it explores the current challenges faced by European organisations seeking to integrate a diverse and increasingly divided Europe.

Restricted Enrollment

no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 6".

registration period: 1 October - 5 November 2021

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 October - 5 November 2021

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

essay and participation in class discussions

Exam Period

The submission date for the essay will be announced by the professor. Please ask for early submission if your home university needs your transcript of records right at the end of the lecture period.

Registration for the Exam

International exchange students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take part any longer, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management