UCL Summer School


Brexit: Political Tensions, Economic Challenges

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Filipa Figueira
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Team project (75%), Team presentation (25%)
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Module overview

The UK’s departure from the EU is a historical event, with global political and economic implications. This course will give students a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of Brexit: Why did British people come to this unexpected decision? Will the British economy survive the shock of leaving the EU? Could this be the beginning of the end for the European Union? In the process, students will learn about UK and EU politics, economics and political economy. The module will include team work on multimedia projects, such as a hypothetical campaign for the next country that considers leaving the EU. The module will also include visits to the European Commission’s Representation to the UK and the headquarters of the pro-EU campaign, as well as talks by representatives of organisations on both sides of the Brexit campaign, such as the European Movement and Change Britain.

As the Brexit situation is in constant flux, the module will be updated to cover all the latest developments, up to July 2019. Any possible outcomes (including extension or cancellation of Brexit, second referendum, exit with no deal, etc.) will be incorporated into the module, and used to further enhance its learning aims.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have gained a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of Brexit
  • Have acquired a broad knowledge of EU and UK politics
  • Have acquired a broad knowledge of EU and UK economics
  • Have developed the ability to use methodological tools from political economy, politics and economics in their essays
  • Have developed and honed their writing skills, presentation skills and team work skills

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Group project (75%)
  • Group presentation (25%)

Module leader

Dr Filipa Figueira is a Teaching Fellow in Economics and Politics at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Her main interests are the European Union and Political Economy. In relation to the European Union, particular interests include "Brexit" and its political, institutional and economic implications; the role of Central and Eastern European Member States in the EU; Subsidiarity and EU Competences; the EU budget; the Eurozone. Her work on Political Economy explores innovative ways in which the disciplines of Economics and Political Science can be combined. Previously, Dr Figueira worked in the think-tank Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and in the Council of the European Union. She has lived in six EU countries and speaks seven European languages.

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