Module Identifier IPM0220  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   22 Hours. (1 x 2 hour seminars per week)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,000 words  40%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

- Display in-depth knowledge of the role of institutions in the European integration process
- Show an awareness of the complexity and the functioning of the EU's institutional structure and of the nature of the EU policy-process
- Discuss the contribution made by individual institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission, Court, and others) to European governance
- Demonstrate an awareness of the problems and challenges facing European institutions in the current phase of the integration process
- Relate their knowledge of the EU politics to the wider issues of transnational policy-making and governance in Europe
- Demonstrate the development of communicative (oral as well as written) and research skills

Brief description

This module provides for the examination of the politcs of the European Union.


This module provides for the comprehensive examinationof institutional issues of European integration. The discussionof theoretical perspectives on institutional analysis - including political science as well as legal and sociological approaches - is followed by the study of the main European institutions as well as the overall evolutionof the European Union. The module will combine a wider and theoretically-orientated focus on the EU's institutional framework with the study of the EU policy-process and some of the key policies of the Union.


The discussion of theoretical perspectives on European intepretation - including political science as well as legal and sociological approaches - is followed by the study of the main European institutions, the policy-process of the European Union, the nature of key policies (including the Union's external relations) and the ongoing process of constitutionlisation in Europe.

Transferable skills

Many students pursuing this module may pursue careers in EU institutions or businesses operating in the EU single market. The module is therefore not only aimed at achieving the highest levels of academic standard, but also in developing a portfolio of transferable skills that complement and enhance the portfolio of skills acquired in other modules.

The module will require the use of IT skills. Much of the course material, e.g. publications and reports by the European institutions, are available on the World Wide Web, and students will be encouraged to use this facility. Students will be encouraged to use the European Documentation Centre, and to access electronic resources as part of their research. Furthermore, students will develop word processing skills in the preparation and presentation of written work.

The module will require analysis of some statistical information about the nature of voting in the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Students will be encouraged to develop basic interpretative skills in the analysis of this statistical data. Students are also required to write one long essay. They will be expected to choose their own topic, and to research this topic thoroughly, formulate key questions, research on an independent basis, and plan/design their written work.

The module requires students to manage their time effectively: to prepare for seminars, and to plan presentations as well as completing their assessment. Seminars rely on the students' ability to show individual initiative, but also to develop co-operation and teamwork.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Richardson, Jeremy European Union : Power and Policy-Making Routledge, 041522165X
** Supplementary Text
Bainbridge, Timothy Penguin Companion to European Union, The edition 3r.e. . Penguin 0141007699
Dinan, Desmond Ever Closer Union? edition 2r.e.of "Ever Closer Union?: Introduction to the European Community" . Macmillan 0333732421
Dinan. D Encyclopedia of European Union edition n.e. . Macmillan 0333921054
Hayward, J and Page, E.C Governing the New Europe Polity P. 0745612202
J.Peterson and E.Bomberg Decision Making in the European Union Sage Pubns. 0761961356
M. Cini (ed) European Union Politics Ocford University Press 0199248362
Nugent, Neill Government and Politics of the European Union edition 5r.e. . Palgrave Macmillan 0333984617
Urwin, D.W and Paterson,W.E Politics in Western Europe Today Longman 0582002958
Wallace, Helen Policy-making in the European Union edition 4r.e. . Oxf.U.P. 019878242X
Warleigh, Alex Understanding European Union Institutions Routledge 0415242142
Institutions of the European Union, The Oxf.U.P. 0198700520
H Wallace and W Wallace (2000) Policy Making in the European Union Oxon, OUP
J Peterson and M Shackleton (2002) Institutions of the European Union Oxon: OUP
JJ Richardson (2001) Power, Policy, Politics of the European Union London, Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 7