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PO910 - European Integration.

The central aims of the module are to:

  • introduce and explore the main theoretical perspectives and debates in the study of European integration;
  • offer an understanding of the origins, development, institutions and global significance of the EU;
  • discuss a series of policy-relevant questions associated with the processes of European integration, and governance of Europe;
  • assess contemporary debates about the future of European integration;.
  • develop students’ skills in the effective collection and interpretation of information;
  • develop students’ abilities to argue cogently, concisely and critically.




The module aims to:

  • develop an understanding of the origins and developments of EU cooperation in foreign policy;
  • explore the main theoretical approaches to explaining Europe’s role in the world;
  • offer an understanding of the institutional development of the EU, as they relate to external relations;
  • analyse the key policy dilemmas facing the EU in a select number of regions and countries around the world;
  • assess contemporary debates about Europe’s role in international relations, with reference to key changes to the international environment witnessed in recent years.


On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the evolution of Europe’s external relations;
  • critically discuss the characteristics of the EU’s institutional process in the foreign policy domain;
  • assess Europe’s strengths and weaknesses as an international actor;
  • critically analyse, both orally and in writing, the current challenges facing the EU internationally.

PO961 Doctoral Thesis Writing in Politics and International Studies