Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM154: European Union Politics and Policy

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  •  European Integration: History, politics and policy       
  •  The “better regulation” agenda of the European Union
  •  The EU as political system. The mixed polity              
  • Theories of European Integration
  •  The policy processes of the European Union
  • The Monetary Union
  • Interactive session “Brexit”


Topics to choose from:

  •  Is the EU a normative power?
  • Identity politics, trust and values
  •  Interest representation, participation and transparency
  • The European single market
  •  Member state compliance with EU policies
  •  Crisis and democracy
  • Narratives and myths in the European Union

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour weekly seminars
Guided Independent Study168Reading assignments
Guided Independent Study30Preparation for and completion of presentation
Guided independent study80Essay preparation: conducting research, analysing data [if appropriate], and writing the finished product

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).