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IP109 - Problems in Governance: The European Union

  • Module code: IP109
  • Module name: Problems in Governance: The European Union
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To develop an understanding of the European Union, its origins, institutions, actors, purposes, processes, and functions; To identify key theories of European integration and understand their basic principles; To develop the ability to interpret the European Union from different theoretical perspectives.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the modules, students will have: Acquired an understanding of theories and approaches to European integration; Demonstrated the understanding of the development of the EU and its institutions; Examined the challenges associated with European integration, e.g. the democratic deficit, and the responses to those; Developed their ability to construct arguments based on a selected theory and defend their choice of theory; Researched and critically evaluated ideas and arguments; Demonstrated the ability to communicate complex ideas and problems clearly and succinctly.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 1-hour lectures in Term 2 10 x 1-hour seminars in Term 2

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IP109-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Policy Brief 1 (500 words) 10%
  Policy Brief 2 (1000 words) 20%
  Essay (2000 words) 30%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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