|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||18 Hours. (18 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||6 Hours. (6 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar Presentation||10%|
|Semester Assessment||2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours (1 x 2 hour exam)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 1,000 word assignment, in lieu of seminar performance||10%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours (1 x 2 hour exam)||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
-Have a detailed and critical awareness of contemporary politics and policies within the European Union and the union's importance to the states of Europe.
-Identify and apply appropriate concepts and theories to enable them to critically analyse the complexities of European integration.
-Recognise the major debates and issues concerning the exercise of power and authority within and between constituent levels of government in Europe.
-Demonstrate, through written work and in seminar discussions, an awareness and understanding of different national and European level policies and interests.
-Effectively deploy skills of: identification and location of appropriate sources; independent study; writing (essays and examinations); IT skills and time-management.
This module provides the foundation for a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the concepts and dynamics of the European Union (EU). It examines the key institutions and state actors in European integration and the policies and issues that are central to the future of Europe
Part One: Setting the scene
1. Introduction to the module: Why Study the EU?
2. The Historical Legacy
3. Theories of European Integration
4. Theories of European Governance
Part Two: Governing Europe
5. The European Commission and Executive Governance
6. The European Parliament
7. European Councils
8. EU Law and the Courts
9. Reforming the EU: What kind of Europe?
10. Legitimacy and Democracy
Part Three: Policies in Europe
11. Decision-Making in the EU and Participation
12. Enlarging the EU
13. European Foreign Policy
14. European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
15. Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
16. Justice and Home Affairs (JHA)
17. Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
18. Conclusion and Exam Briefing
1. History or Theory? Understanding the EU
2. Where Does Power Lie: Commission, Council or Parliament
3. The Lisbon Treaty. The EU after Constitutional Failure
4. Enlargement: Where Does Europe End?
5. Justice and Home Affairs
6. European Foreign Policies: CFSP
The module aims to provide the knowledge for students to examine the history, concepts, institutions and policies of the EU, and thereby aim to give students a thorough grounding in the major political issues and problems the EU faces. This will enable students to critically analyse the role of the EU in national, regional and international politics.
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListGeneral Text
(2007.) European Union politics /[edited by] Michelle Cini. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Bache, Ian. (2006.) Politics in the European Union /Ian Bache, Stephen George. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Nugent, Neill. (2006.) The government and politics of the European Union /Neill Nugent. 6th ed. Palgrave Macmillan Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6