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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the European Union (LAWS08053)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - Common Courses
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is a social science based course examining the politics and economics of the European Union. It is a first year course for students studying "Modern European Languages and European Union Studies". IT IS ALSO OPEN TO OTHER STUDENTS AS AN OUTSIDE OPTION IN FIRST OR SECOND YEAR.

The course is aimed at students who have little or no previous knowledge about the history and development of the process of European integration. It is a foundation course in which the central objective is to provide an introduction to the institutions, theories and public policy of the European Union, paying attention also to contemporary debates.

The course is divided into two parts: the first semester explores ideas of political unity, the political history of the European Union, the functions of the EU institutions, the political theory of integration and key questions of crises and reforms in EU governance. The second semester examines the economic history of the European Union, economic theories of integration, economic effects of integration and explores the main policy areas which come under EU competence (shared or exclusive).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements non LLB students only
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  120
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 337 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have a firm grounding in the political and economic issues of European integration. In particular, the student will be expected to be able to do the following: to describe the content and structure of the main Treaties of European integration; to describe and compare the main institutions of the EU; to assess the role of each institution in the policy-making process; to explain crises and reforms in EU governance; to identify and contrast the key poltiical and economic theories that have been advanced to explain European integration; to analyse the process of economic integration; to explain and assess the main economic and social policies which have been developed at the EU level.
Assessment Information
Combination of assessed essay work and degree examination. See courseguide at
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Keywords- European Union - Institutions - Public Policy - Political and Economic Theory - Democracy - Govern
Course organiserProf Andrew Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 2064
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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