Postgraduate Course: Institutions and Policies of the European Union (PGSP11170)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the structure, workings, and some major domains of policy activity of the European Union (EU). It starts with an overview of the history of European integration and then looks at the functions and powers of EU institutions, and their processes of policy- and decision-making. This foundational knowledge is then developed in a range of sessions about selected policy areas of the EU, which are aimed at helping students to attain an advanced understanding of European integration.
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 ten weeks and is delivered as a two-hour seminar/lecture mix.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Show a good basic knowledge of the major features of European integration: the EU institutions, policy making and major policies
- Understand the major theoretical approaches to integration and ability to apply these to understand European integration and the varied insights that these approaches provide
- Have a capacity to appraise some of the major aspects of integration critically
- Show a basic knowledge of the very different national responses to integration
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Carmen Gebhard
Tel: (0131 6)50 4622
|Course secretary||Mrs Gillian MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244