Module Identifier IP33820  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Thomas Christiansen  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours (10 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours (10 x 1 hour)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 1,500 words   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  


This module provides a comprehensive of the development of contemporary European politics. It covers the emergence of the European Union, and examines the evolving institutional and policy framework of the EU. It also explores the implications of the EU for states of Europe ? both those who are EU members and those who are not. Further, a comparative perspective is provided on the institutional structures, and internal and external policies of major European countries.


By the end of the module students will have a detailed and critical awareness of contemporary politics and policies within Europe. Students should recognise the major debates and issues concerning the exercise of power and authority within and between constituent levels of government in Europe, and have a critical understanding of the importance of the European Union to the states of Europe.

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
R Sakwa and A Stevens (eds). (2000) Contemporary Europe. Macmillan
S George and I Bache. (2001) Politics in the European Union. Oxford : OUP
Y Meny and A Knapp. (1998) Government and Politics in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press
J Hayward and E Page. (1995) Governing the New Europe. Oxford: Polity Press