MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route)

Year of entry: 2021

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

Course unit details:
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making

Unit code POLI70381
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Aims

The course unit aims to:

  • enhance students’ knowledge of the European Union and their ability to critically analyse and evaluate its institutions and policies
  • familiarise students with the main conceptual debates surrounding the European Union’s policy making    
  • provide in-depth knowledge on a number of important policy areas of the European Union. 
  • assist students to improve their oral and written communication skills

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate:

  • how the European Union is governed;
  • a knowledge of EU policy-making in areas of contemporary importance;
  • key analytical and theoretical skills for understanding the institutions of the European Union and European Union policy-making.
  • ability to pursue independent study and learning and improvement of oral and written analytical skills

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will take place in 10 weekly sessions. These will include a combination of short pre-recorded video lectures and online group discussions hosted by the lecturers. A one-hour tutorial discussion session will be offered separately in the classroom and online. Students will be assigned preparatory questions to consider from the reading each week

Recommended reading

Introductory

 

Cini, M. and Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N. European Union Politics (6th Edn), 2019

 

Institutions and Policy Making

 

Dinan, D., Nugent, N. and Paterson, W. The European Union in Crisis, 2017

Nugent, N. The Government and Politics of the EU (8th Edn), 2017

Wallace, H. Pollack, M. and Young, A. Policy-Making in the European Union (7th Edn), 2014    

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniel Silver Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Timetable
Wednesday 12-2

 

Return to course details