European Organisations

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Lectures of systematization of contents, and seminars working towards the analysis and discussion of the main issues, on the basis of a dynamic interaction with the students, in order to guarantee an adequate follow-up to the contents of the discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives:

The Course aims to study the creation and evolution of the international organizations, which established and developed cooperation in Europe, in economic, military and political areas, after the end of II World War; to analyze the evolution of the European Communities up to the European Union; and the evolution of the European institutional security architecture.


Specific objectives and competencies:

Students are expected to:

- identify the main pan-European institutions and the context of their creation;

- identify the contribution of the European Communities to cooperation in the Europe;

- critically interpret the current challenges to the European organizations inherited from the end of II World War.


Generic competencies:

Development of basic background knowledge, of communicative skills both orally and in written form, and of team work.

Work Placement(s)



Part I:

Economic cooperation: from OEEC to OECD

Political cooperation: the Council of Europe

Military and security cooperation: the Treaty of Brussels, NATO and the WEO

Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

Part II:

Economic, social and political integration in Western Europe: from Rome to Lisbon

The European Union and its enlargements

European Union policies

Challenges to the “enlarged EU”

Part III:

The end of Cold War and the European Security architecture

New challenges to cooperation and security in Europe.

Head Lecturer(s)

Pascoal Santos Pereira

Assessment Methods

General regime
Exam: 100.0%

Continuous evaluation
Participation in class: 30.0%
1 essay: 35.0%
2 intermediate tests: 35.0%


BITSCH, Marie-Thérèse, Histoire de la construction européenne de 1945 à nos jours, Nouv. éd., Bruxelles, Editions Complexe, 2001. [BP 940 BIT]

CAMISÃO, Isabel e Luís Lobo-Fernandes, «Construir a Europa», Cascais, Principia, 2005.

CINI, Michelle e Borragán, Nieves Pérez-Solórzano (orgs.) (2010) European Union Politics. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [CES - 321 EUR 2007 (edição de 2007)].

Hix, Simon and Hoyland, Bjorn (2011) The Political System of the European Union. London: Palgrave Macmillan: 1-18.

LEITÃO, Augusto Rogério, Comunidade Europeia: estudos de direito e de sociologia política, Coimbra, Coimbra Editora, 2005. [BP 341 LEI]

MILWARD, Alan S., The European rescue of the nation-state, 2nd ed., London, Routledge, 2000. [BP 339.9 MIL]

PÉREZ-BUSTAMANTE, Rogelio, Juan Manuel Uruburu Colsa, História da União Europeia, Coimbra, Coimbra Editora, 2004. [BP 327 PER]