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Postgraduate Course: Analysing European Governance and Public Policy (PGSP11412)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide an overview of the various analytical, conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of European Governance (institutions, structures, decision-making processes within the EU institutions, and between organisational entities of the EU and other actors) and Public Policy (policy-making, multi-level dynamics, competence-sharing, differentiated integration, budgeting, implementation and compliance).

It follows an interdisciplinary approach, which consciously integrates the European integration literature with relevant frameworks and approaches drawn from International Relations and other strands of political analysis. By bringing together insights from various disciplines the course invites students to tap into the full range of possible theoretical and analytical lenses in the study and research of European Governance and Public Policy. The course specifically aims to help students develop a comprehensive analytical toolkit that enables them to tackle research questions in a more rounded and original manner.

"Analysing European Governance and Public Policy" serves as a compulsory core course for the MSc International and European Politics (in conjunction with the "Institutions and Policies of the EU") but is also available as an option to students on other taught postgraduate degree programmes within the School (permitting a quota of 40 students).
Course description This course aims to offer an overview of relevant analytical, conceptual and theoretical approaches in the study of European Governance and Public Policy. It does so in a conscious attempt to break with the common practice of teaching European integration theory in isolation from other fields like International Relations and Comparative Politics. With this specific inter-disciplinary focus, the course seeks to animate students of European Governance and Public Policy to reach out to other fields of study, which have long started to infuse the European Studies literature but are yet to be perceived and built upon in a more integrated manner. This is aimed to help students develop more imaginative and intellectually rounded ways of problematizing, conceptualizing and theorizing EU-related issues.

The course focuses on student-centred and self-empowered learning and teaching methods: this is reflected in specific activities, such as poster presentations and structured debates, as well as in the way the course is assessed.

The module will be delivered in a set of introductory lectures (weeks 1-3) followed by a number of more student-focused seminars (weeks 4-11) held by the course organiser (with the occasional invited guest lecturer).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) (1) one 1500-word essay (30%) on a question set by the course organiser; to be submitted in week 5;
(2) a 2000-word research review (50%) on a topic of choice (suggestions will be provided), to be submitted in week 11.
(3) Participation (20%)

Guidance and academic 1-1 mentoring meetings are available upon student request throughout the entire duration of the course and with respect to all components of assessment.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain how academic analysis of European integration, governance and policy-making interacts and develops in conjunction with political practice and historical events
  2. Identify and outline different analytical perspectives on EU-related issues that represent the range of possible theoretical and conceptual lenses
  3. Abstract and reflect on the way analytical assumptions can determine judgments and predictions, and produce competing teleologies of the European project and interpretations of its outcomes
  4. Demonstrate critical awareness of their own analytical viewpoint and the consequences for their own research (i.a. their dissertation project) and policy analysis
  5. Demonstrate advanced communication skills, both written and verbal
Reading List
Course textbook:
Saurugger, Sabine (2014) Theoretical Approaches to European Integration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [recommended for purchase]

Specific further readings will be assigned at the start of the semester, e.g. Ioannou, D., Leblond, P. and Niemann, A. (2015) (eds) Special Issue: European integration in times of crisis: theoretical perspectives, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 22:2.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course aims to help students develop their interpersonal and research skills. A majority of the weekly sessions will be held in a small group seminar-style setting, so students will get plenty of opportunity to express their own views, build off the ideas of others and establish connections with their peers. In the second half of the semester, students get to choose their own thematic focus which they can expand on in their research reviews and research posters. This aims to help students develop an independent working style and an individual sense of intellectual purpose that they can use in their progression towards dissertation stage.
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Course organiserDr Carmen Gebhard
Tel: (0131 6)50 4622
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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