|Module Title||EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Thomas Christiansen|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Course delivery||Seminar||1 x two hour seminar per week over two semesters|
|Assessment||Essay||2 x 3,000 word essays - 25% each||50%|
The module will develop students' understanding of the politics of the European Union by examining both the broader historical and theoretical context within which European integration has occurred and the current policies and institutions of the Union. In the first half of the course, the focus will be on locating European unity within an understanding of the history of the continent, its' evolving political-economy and the development of the ideas and ideals that have helped promote integration. In the second half, the focus will shift to institutional dynamics and the EU policy process. The discussion here will concentrate on the relationships between European institutions, Member States governments, political parties, interest groups and social movements, and the implications of these relationships for major EU policies.