POL41650 The Global Political Economy of Europe

Academic Year 2020/2021

The transatlantic financial crisis, the euro crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit, and now Covid-19, have challenged the politics of European integration. It has exposed the fragility of joining diverse national economies into the EU, whilst illustrating the conflict between liberal democracy and technocratic decision making. Against all of these contemporary challenges, the purpose of this course is to analyse the political economy of European integration, paying particular attention to the countries in the euro 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 was 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 single currency; the brave new world of European central banking; and the continued political fallout from the euro crisis. The final part of the course examines the politics of Brexit, euro scepticism, and changing dynamics of electoral conflict within the EU, and Europe's bold response to Covid-19.

A core question we will consider is whether all of these events are bringing European nation-states closer together, or further apart.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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:
In 2020/2021, this module will be delivered online.

This includes live lecture recordings, dedicated student-lecturer video meetings, peer and group online interactions, in addition to other remote learning tools. 
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: Midterm essay / assignment 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 Tues 12:00 - 13:50