The purpose of the seminar is to study the attitude towards the European Integration of the different political and ideological trends. This will help students and students to better understand the political and ideological conflicts which accompanied and accompany the path towards a united Europe. Moreover, they will allow them to move towards the European Integration as a complex and necessarily controversial social and political process. The process of European Integration has never been a single, linear process. The different political currents and ideologies that developed in European space influenced the development of European integration, marked the major political conflicts that the penetrated, and in turn determined by the process of consolidation and the direction it took. Therefore, the joint study of major questions raised by the process of European Integration and the differing political ideologies and attitudes allows better studying and interpreting the path towards a united Europe. Because European unification has never been simply a case of technocrats, not only concerned transnational debates on issues such as the liberalization of markets. Entailed and conflicts around issues of social justice, solidarity, environmental protection, democratic functioning and legitimacy. In particular through the seminar will examine questions such as: The study of European integration as a complex and contradictory process that formed under the influence of different political currents and ideologies. The study of the different political and ideological currents that influenced European politics after the Second World War: Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism. The different political and ideological positions on the process of European integration: federalism, democratic federalism, social Europe, Euroscepticism of the right and left. The study of how the different political and ideological trends affecting the integration process and simultaneously affected by it. This approach conflicts around the democratic constitution of the EEC and the EU, the "democratic deficit" in the form of solidarity, the priority of social cohesion, the extent of redistribution. The study of European integration as an open political project.


Acquisition of basic knowledge about the ideological character which covers the European construction and the political schemes which express the respective political discourse at the level of functioning of the European institutional system institutions


European institutions ( 1st year , 2nd semester )


1) Relationship between political ideologies and European Construction (The importance of the evolution of European citizenship and citizenship in the European construction process) 2) European citizenship and fundamental rights in the European Union 3) The Citizens' Europe after 1984 (European Council of Fontainebleau) 4) European citizen and the elimination of the democratic deficit in the decision-making process in the European Union 5) The principles of democracy in the framework of the European Union 6) Democracy in the European Union in the light of the Constitutional Project 7) The common European interest and the federalization prospect of European decision-making system 8) European Union's federalist perspective issues 9) Greece and democracy in the European Union 10) European democracy under pressure of immigration from Arab countries 11) Discussion based on presentations about a) The Nazi consolidation plan about Europe and the Holocaust b) The extreme right and the European construction plan in modern Europe






Instructors: Panagiotis Grigoriou
Department: Sociology
Institution: Aegean University
Subject: Sociology
Rights: CC - Attribution

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