The European Union: Institutions and Politics
Course Code: PUBLG079
Course Tutor: Dr Christine Reh (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3000 word essay and one 2 hour unseen written examination
Credit Value: 30
About this course
This course is designed to equip students with the empirical knowledge, theoretical understanding and transferable skills necessary to analyse and evaluate the European Union’s institutions, decision-making and political processes.
The course starts with the theoretical debate about the nature of the European Union; introduces the EU's institutions and decision-making; discusses executive, legislative and judicial politics; analyses key issues of European governance such as compliance with European law, lobbying, public opinion and democratic representation; and assesses the impact of enlargement on the EU as a political system.
By the end of the course, students will have
- acquired an in-depth knowledge of the EU's institutions;
- gained a systematic understanding of input and output politics in the EU;
- engaged with the conceptual and normative debate about supranational governance;
- interpreted their knowledge through the main theories in political science;
- learned to critically assess empirical evidence and present theoretical arguments;
- trained transferable skills for the analytical study of politics and policy-making.
This is a core module for students registered on the MSc European Public Policy programme and is not available as an optional module.