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European Social and Political Studies

European Social and Political Studies (ESPS) 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 ESPS 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 wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

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
ESPS1001 Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ESPS2101 European Integration in Historical Perspective 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS2104 International Relations Theories 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS2301 EU Law 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
ESPS2302 Principles of Public International Law 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ESPS2303 Law and Governance in Contemporary China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS2304 Cyberlaw and Governance of Digital Markets 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS4202 Hegel 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS4401 Anarchism, Marxism and Beyond 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS6101 Political Economy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7105 Political Violence and Intrastate Conflicts 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7106 Republicanism and Identity Politics in France Today 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7209 Nietzsche 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7211 Why Democracy? 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7213 Human Being and Citizen: D 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7401 War and Peace 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7403 Neutrality and Neutral States in 20th Century Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ESPS7404 Regions and Regionalism in Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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