Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM079: Europeanization and Federalism in Europe (Jean Monnet module II)

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Nicole Bolleyer (Convenor)

Professor Alison Harcourt (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will examine the political dynamics of European integration and the Europeanization of the political institutions, policies and national administrations of the Member States, from the perspective of comparative politics and public policy. You will also be introduced to the variety of ways comparative politics approaches have been used to study the European Union by allowing for the latter's systematic comparison to national democratic systems: Types of federalism or models of executive-parliamentary-relations, for instance, have been used as analytical perspectives to assess the character of the European Union. The module will critically evaluate these strategies by discussing which elements of the EU the respective yardsticks convincingly capture and which elements they ignore. By doing so, you will learn how to use comparative politics approaches as tools to address research questions in EU studies.

Furthermore, you will explore the nature of Europeanization, how it proceeds through intergovernmentalism, judicial decision-making, the need to tackle crises and other dynamics, and its impact upon the government and governance of the EU and its member states.

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