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 introduces the European Union’s institutions and decision-making, and engages with key questions of governance faced by EU policy-makers today. The teaching is designed to equip students with the empirical knowledge, theories and transferable skills necessary to analyse and explain the EU’s institutions, political processes and legitimacy.
The first half of the course starts with the theoretical debate about the nature of European integration. We will then look at the EU's institutions and decision-making, and discuss its executive, legislative and judicial politics. The second half of the course analyses curent issues of European governance, including compliance with EU law, lobbying, the Eurocrisis, public opinion and legitimacy. In all sessions, the course puts a premium on the systematic use of theories of Political Science, and of applying these theories to empirical evidence and to current political developments in the EU and its member states.
By the end of the course, students will have
- learned to apply and critically evaluate competing theories of European integration;
- gained an in-depth knowledge of the EU’s institutions, decision-making and politics;
- engaged with the conceptual and normative debate about supranational governance;
- 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.