Policy-making & Regulation in Europe
Course Code: PUBLG016
Course Tutor: Dr Steven Robinson (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15
About this course
The main aims of this course are to provide a detailed understanding of how the policy process of the European Union operates and to assess EU level policy outputs. Students will develop their analytical skills by using the theoretical foundations of political science, particularly policy analysis, to assess the policy outputs of the European Union. Students will develop analytical and theoretical skills that can be transferred directly into a non-academic environment or that will provide the foundations for further academic research.
The emphasis of this course is on the policy process and policy output of the European Union, each lecture relates to theories in policy analysis and their empirical application to the European Union. You should gain a working knowledge of different policy types and interpret this knowledge theoretically and analytically through the main theories in political science. In the process you will critically assess empirical evidence and develop positive and normative interpretations of important policy questions facing EU leaders.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the policy-making process of the European Union
- understand the main policy outputs of the European Union
- interpret this knowledge theoretically and analytically through the main theories in political science, particularly through policy analysis
- present and defend theories/arguments concisely
- critically assess empirical evidence
- develop positive and normative interpretations of important policy questions facing EU leaders.