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IR 3015 / IR 3515
THE POLITICS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Glencross

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students in programme year 3 and above who have achieved 75 credit points from Level 1 and 2 Politics & International Relations courses.

Note(s): This course will be available in the second half-session of 2012/13 as IR 3515.

Since World War 2, Europe has undergone a transformation from a continent of nation-states into an integrated political system of shared laws, institutions and even values. This course examines European integration as an essentially contested political process, which continues to divide and inspire nations, political parties and citizens alike. It offers a comprehensive survey of four notable aspects of EU integration: its institutions and policy-making; the models and justifications behind integration; controversies about what the EU does and should do; the democratic nature of the EU system. In addition, the course concludes by discussing the possible future of the EU after the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, with reference not only to similarities with US federal development but also to the EU?s external ambitions and foreign relations.

2 one-hour lectures. 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Examination (60%), 2,000-word essay (30%), tutorial presentation and performance (10%).

Resit: Examination (100%); unless candidate opts to carry forward in-course assessment mark.