POL40970 Politics of European Governance

Academic Year 2021/2022

Politics of European Governance for graduate programmes in Politics and International Relations.

This course analyses the institutions, actors and policy-making processes in the European Union (EU). How does the EU manage to cope with the heterogeneity of interests, ideas, actors, and policy problems? Can European governance be effective and democratic? The class develops theory-driven answers to these questions. In addition, it analyses important themes of EU research (including how the EU actually makes decisions from a negotiation perspective, what determines whether or not member states comply with these decisions, the effects of enlargement, and the relationship between transparency and democracy to name but a few).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students shall:

- Gain substantive in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of the policy-making processes in the EU;
- Be able to critically assess theoretical approaches and analytical concepts of European Integration research;
- Develop their skills to conduct theory-guided empirical work and to apply different theories to various empirical contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Seminar discussion
- Active/task-based learning
- Peer and group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Peer review assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: Final research paper Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: In-class presentation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Mon 11:00 - 12:50