Module Identifier IP34020  
Module Title EU SIMULATION  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Roger M Scully  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   16 Hours. 8 x 2 Hour workshops on a weekly basis  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours. 6 x 2 hour workshop sessions at end of module `summit'. The final `summit' sessions will be held over two-days at the University in order to simulate a real-life `EU Summit'.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000 word individual Final Report about the nature of negotiations  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 Oral presentation at Summit10%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module. For further clarification please contact the Academic Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe and analyse the dynamics behind EU politics and decision making
2. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the European Union'r role in the internal security field in Europe
3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of decision-making in the European Union
4. Demonstrate their acquired negotiating skills and transfer them into different contexts.
5. Perform their cultivated inter-personal skills,
6. Perform their oral and written communication skills
7. Demonstrate the development of research skills.
8. Analyse the major policies in the field and demonstrate the ability to use primary documents
9. Critically assess the central problems facing the European Union currently and in the future

Brief description

This module complements Departmental provision in the area of European Union politics. The module aims to provide students with a practical and grounded experience of politics, decision making and negotiation. It develops existing provision in this area and allows participating students to gain deeper knowledge of the dynamics of EU politics and decision making.


This module aims to provide students with a practical and grounded experience of politics, decision making and negotiation in the European Union. Students will be assigned within national, EU institutional and other teams. These teams will then be provided with supporting briefing material, reading lists and an overall scenario. Their task will then be, over the course of the 12-week module, to act within their roles in simulated EU negotiations and decision making. Throughout the course of the module the scenario will evolve both as a result of the students? own progress in negotiation but also as a result of 'rxternal? events inserted by the module convenor. In a final two-day `summit? setting the scenario will be concluded at a negotiating session modeled upon an EU European Council summit.


The simulation will work on the basis of weekly `plenary meetings'. At the first session participants form `negotiating teams' in groups of two or three. Their tasks will include:

This is achieved in relation to a set scenario provided by the module convenor, i.e. terrorist attacks on Britain, and the expected EU policy response to these events, in the light of the following contexts:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Dinan. D (1999) Ever Closer Union London: Palgrave
Hix, S (2005) The Political System of the European Union 2nd. London: Palgrave
Ludlow. P (2002) The Laeken Council Eurocomment: Brussels
Peers. S (2000) Eu Justice and Home Affairs Law London: Longman
Peterson. J. and Bomberg. E. (1999) Decision-Making in the European Union London:Macmillan
Wallace H. and Wallace W. (eds) (2000) Policy-Making in the European Union 4th. Oxford:OUP


This module is at CQFW Level 6