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Postgraduate Course: Institutions and Policies of the European Union (PGSP11170)

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
SummaryThe course examines the structure, workings, and major domains of policy activity of the European Union. The functions and powers of Union institutions and bodies and their processes of policy-making and of decision-making are analysed. Finally, the course assesses the EU's development as a political system, and explores issues surrounding the Union's pending enlargement. Students will have opportunities to attain an advanced understanding of EU integration and the operations of the EU as a political system and gain familiarity with the standard concepts, theories and methods deployed in understanding and explaining EU integration. This course is assessed on the basis of two pieces of coursework of 2,000 words.
Course description Outline Content:
Section 1: History or European Integration
Section 2: EU Institutions and Policymaking
Section 3: The EU in Multiple Policy Areas

The course is taught over eleven weeks. It consists of a mixture of 2-hour lecture and discussion sessions to be attended by all students; and 2-hour seminar sessions allowing students to work in smaller groups. The overall contact time per student is 2 hours/week.
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) All students are required to write two essays (2000-2500 words each, not including bibliography). Each essay counts 50% towards their final mark.
Feedback Formative feedback is provided throughout the course during discussions in seminars. Written, summative feedback is also provided on the first essay, which then serves as formative feedback for the second essay. The feedback is provided within fifteen working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show a good basic knowledge of the major features of European integration: the EU institutions, policy making and major policies
  2. Understand the major theoretical approaches to integration and ability to apply these to understand European integration and the varied insights that these approaches provide
  3. Have a capacity to appraise some of the major aspects of integration critically
  4. Show a basic knowledge of the very different national responses to integration
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Chad Damro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6698
Course secretaryMrs Gillian MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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