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This subject provides students with an in-depth analysis of the politics of the European Union (EU). It analyses the policy-making of the EU and examines the tensions of nationalism and Europeanism in the attitudes of the member states and other participants in the integration process and especially in recent crises. The subject analyses the institutions and participants in the EU, including a detailed examination of the objectives and roles of the 28 member states and the benefits and disadvantages of membership for these states. It scrutinises EU policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy and the Euro; Foreign and Security Policy and Immigration. It further discusses the issues raised by the EU's crises, including the contested issues of protest, belonging and legitimacy and Europe's boundaries.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Understand and critically compare the competing frameworks for understanding the European Union (EU) as a political entity, including integration theory and comparative approaches to concepts of sovereignty, statehood and identity;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the institutions, competing national and European interests and divisions within the European Union;
- Have a critical understanding of the national debates regarding the future of the EU as a political ‘project’ and as an international actor, particularly the development of the EU as a trade actor and promoter of human rights and good governance.
Last updated: 17 February 2020