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POL386 The European Union

(POL386A – Autumn, POL386B - Spring)

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: 5 and 6

Contact: Dr Paul Copeland

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL100

Description:
European integration is the most far-reaching development of voluntary supranational governance in world history. The objective of this module is to explore in the first semester the origins, development, and institutions of the EU. In the second semester major policies and policy-making processes are examined such as the single market, monetary union, agriculture, regional development, environment, asylum and immigration and foreign policy. Finally, the module focuses on current EU developments such as enlargement and the role of the EU on the international stage. Students will be introduced to existing and evolving theories of integration and will examine the complex operation of the EU as a political system. They will also analyse the political and economic logic behind different national perspectives on European integration.

Assessment: 2 x 3,000 word essay Essay (25% each) & 1 x 2 hour examination (50%)

Level: 6

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