POL41650 The Global Political Economy of Europe

Academic Year 2019/2020

The eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, and Brexit have called into question the politics of European integration. It has exposed the fragiltiy of joining diverse political economies into the EU, whilst exacerbating the conflict between democratic states and global financial markets. The purpose of this course is to analyse the political and policy consequences of European integration, paying particular attention to countries in the single currency.

The course is taught in three parts. The first part examines the political and economic history of the EU, and the co-evolution of national varieties of capitalism within Europe post-WW2. it will be suggested that the EU is a regional response by nation-states to the international processes of globalisation. The second part examines the political and economic rationale for the establishment of the single market and the EMU, and the fallout from the eurozone crisis. The final part of the course examines the politics of Brexit, and the rise of populist far-right parties.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

This is a course in comparative political economy using the European Union (EU) as an international case study. It is both theoretical and empirical. Each seminar is constructed around a set of core readings. You must read these before class and prepare a critical response.

The course will improve your capacity for:

Critical thinking
Self management
Problem solving
Dataset awareness
Conceptual rigor
Analytic argumentation
Comparative case study knowledge

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Problem based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Blog post/podcast Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: Final term paper Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will be provided via brightspace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 10:00 - 11:50