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IR3208   The Politics of the European Union

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 12 noon Tue

What is the European Union(EU) and how does it work? This module will introduce students to the study of the EU, and enable them to develop the skills and knowledge to engage in a range of debates about the politics and policies of this organization. It will cover the history of the EU, as well as a range of theories of integration that explain its development. It will examine key debates within EU studies, while also offering a chance for an in-depth examination of contemporary challenges the EU faces. This module will explore both internal and external policies of the EU, through learning about the key actors and institutions.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take IR3039 or pass IR3039

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x weekly lecture, 1 x weekly tutorial, 2 x weekly office hours, additional feedback hours in week 1 of following semester

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 268

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 100% coursework

Re-assessment: 100% exam


Module coordinator: Dr M O'Dwyer
Module teaching staff: Dr Muireann O'Dwyer

Intended learning outcomes

  • Articulate an understanding of the European Union, including its history and contemporary workings
  • Engage in debates around European integration, with a broad range of theories
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of key EU policy areas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges and crises faced by the EU