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Politics and Policy of the EU (POL30350)
Credits 5 Subject Politics
Level 3 School Politics and Int Relations
Semester   Information Semester One Module Coordinator Dr James Cross

In a referendum held on the 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom became the first country in history to announce an intention to withdraw from the European Union. As an international organisation that has been developing for over fifty years, this new political landscape means that detailed knowledge of how the EU works, it's powers, it's successes and it's failings, is more important than ever.
This course aims to equip students with a core understanding of the EU. It surveys the development of European policy making and introduces students to the EU’s political system and the day-to-day politics of EU policy making. We will discuss theories of European policy making and examine major challenges that the EU faces at the beginning of the 21st century. The course is research lead, in that it focuses upon the political science literature that seeks to explain various aspects of European politics and policy making. This is reflected in the extensive reading list provided with the course.
The course is aimed at those wanting a full and detailed introduction to (1) the political institutions of the EU, (2) its policy-making processes, and (3) current and future challenges facing the EU as a political system. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of the EU or EU politics.