Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM154: European Union Politics and Policy

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

Module Aims

To examine the political and policy dynamics of the European Union, the nature of the emerging European political system, the theories of European integration, and the application of these theories to the main turning points of the history of European integration from the creation of the European Communities to Brexit and the present day.

To understand the interests, strategies and objectives of the main protagonists of the European Union viewed in a historically and theoretically informed manner.

To assess the prospects for European integration on the basis of empirical and normative analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the nature of European political union, particularly with regard to the political, institutional and constitutional properties of the European Union.
2. Critically analyse the EU policy process.
3. Understand and critically apply integration theory in conceptualising the emerging European polity and the differentiated integration of non-member states.
4. Develop normative understandings of the historical process of European integration.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Critically analyse primary and secondary source material.
6. Understand and use concepts, models, and theory.
7. Construct well-structured and rigorous arguments
8. Use academic objectivity to advance a normative perspective.
Personal and Key Skills9. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
10. Work independently and in collaboration with peers to achieve common goals
11. Use IT for the retrieval and presentation of information.