POL40970 Politics of European Governance

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is 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 makes decisions, the effects of enlargement, the EU’s effects on public opinion and party competition, and the relationship between transparency and democracy to name but a few).

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should have an enhanced understanding of the following topics, and the relevant academic literature:
- Explain the historical development of the European integration project from its beginnings as the European Coal and Steel Community to the institution we see today;
- Understand the major theories of EU integration and use them to analyse European integration;
- The contemporary politics of the EU, including the objectives and functioning of its institutions;
- How the EU has influenced both public opinion and the positions taken by political parties;
- Discuss the current and future challenges facing the EU in light of the theories discussed throughout the module;
- Critically engage with academic writings and theories; and
- Explain key concepts about integration to others both verbally and in writing.

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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Peer Review Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: Group presentation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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

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