Interdisciplinarity in European Studies: Core Value or Side Payment?

10 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011

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Ben Tonra

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: September 18, 2003


As we face increasing pressure for comparability, equivalence and mobility between degree programmes in Europe, it is an appropriate time to delve more deeply into our own disciplinary roots – and to remind ourselves of what is foundational in our assumptions about teaching in this field of European Studies. Many disciplines are grappling with the implications of the Bologna Declaration and what is likely to emerge from the follow-up ministerial meeting being held just up the autobahn in Berlin this very weekend. Political Scientists, for example, have engaged robustly in this process and have exchanged views on what defines their discipline, what are the core elements necessary to a degree in politics and or political science and a proposed line of progression from a basic degree through to more advanced postgraduate qualification.

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Tonra, Ben, Interdisciplinarity in European Studies: Core Value or Side Payment? (September 18, 2003). Available at SSRN: or

Ben Tonra (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4

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