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European Social and Political Studies

European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) modules offer multidisciplinary insight and perspective to students with an interest in political and social science, international relations, political theory, modern history, law, and political philosophy, in regard to Europe and the wider world.

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European Social and Political Studies

Why study European Social and Political Studies at UCL?

In addition to the set of tailored EISPS modules on problems and topics in contemporary politics, political history, political philosophy, and the history of ideas, students have access to a great variety of modules from subject areas across UCL, ranging from History, Politics and Geography to Economics and Urban Planning.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will be able to draw on UCL's acclaimed academic resources and have the opportunity to participate in a thoroughly international and intellectually distinguished student community. UCL's central London location permits access to an extraordinarily rich and diverse cultural life.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and means of assessment vary, consisting mostly of a combination of seminar and lecture, and of written examination with assessed coursework. For most ESPS modules assessment is available for semester-only students. Modules of an advanced nature may have as a prerequisite appropriate previous study in the area.

Modules in European Social and Political Studies

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Please note: Some of the modules listed may only be available in either the Fall Term or the Spring Term, and not both. See our website for up-to-date information.


Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ESPS0001 Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
ESPS0003 European Integration in Historical Perspective 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0004 International Relations Theories 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0005 EU Law 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
ESPS0007 Principles of Public International Law 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
ESPS0009 Law and Governance in Contemporary China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0010 Cyberlaw and Governance of Digital Markets 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0013 Hegel 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0014 Anarchism, Marxism and Beyond 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0015 Political Economy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0016 German Political and Social Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0018 Political Violence and Intrastate Conflicts 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0019 Republicanism and Identity Politics in France Today 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0020 Nietzsche 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0022 Why Democracy? 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0024 Human Being and Citizen: D 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0025 War and Peace 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0027 Neutrality and Neutral States in 20th Century Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ESPS0028 Regions and Regionalism in Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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