Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM154: European Union Politics and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Eva Thomann (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The creation of the European Union is one of the most fascinating political developments of the last 50 years. The European Union is the world’s most advanced experiment in governance beyond the level of the traditional nation-state. From a political science perspective, it represents a unique opportunity to study the evolution of a political system as it happens. In the past half-century the EU has grown from a set of relatively weak institutions with a limited policy authority to a complex political system with increasingly strong supranational actors influencing all aspects of political and economic life. Simultaneously, the integration process has been challenged by various crises and notably Brexit. Broadly, the goal of this course will be to examine (1) the various theoretical and conceptual approaches to European integration and new forms of European governance; (2) the political institutions of the European Union; (3) the policy dynamics of the EU system; (4) how the EU affects the member states and neighboring countries, their policies and the citizens of the Union.

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