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EUST2005: Institutions of the European Union

The European Union is currently the world's largest economy and a major player on the international stage in humanitarian policies. It is also the world's most complex supranational political organisation consisting of 28 nation-states, each with its distinct culture, political life and social reality. This unit explores the European Union through the study of its integration processes, bodies of governance, and the main policies instituted over the last seven decades with the ultimate goal of a European federation.

Code EUST2005
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6
12 Junior credit points from Table A or 12 credit points at 1000 level in European Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of the historical trajectory of European integration
  • LO2. comment on different aspects of the process and its impacts in political, socioeconomic and cultural terms
  • LO3. interrogate the main ideologies, theories and polices underpinning the process of EU integration and institutionalisation
  • LO4. analyse specific key moments in the process of integration and explore the institutional responses of the EU
  • LO5. evaluate policies and strategies implemented so far
  • LO6. discuss the factors that operate as impediments to integration
  • LO7. evaluate the differential impacts of the process of European integration on different member states and populations, and EU policy responses

Unit outlines

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