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Course Overview

The EU has recently gained heightened academic and policy interest, particularly in the aftermath of the recent debates about the UK’s witdrawal.  In addition to introducing the main theoretical approaches and concepts, the course aims to address the policy and practical dimensions regarding current status and future prospects for the EU. This will certainly be valuable for PIR students with an interest in international organisations, government, and policy debates.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ezel Tabur

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

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Course Description

The European Union faces a number of major challenges as a result of both internal and external uncertainties in recent years. This course starts with a brief introduction on the historical background and legal and institutional structure of the EU. It then introduces the major theoretical approach to the study of EU integration. Following this concise introductory part, the course explores a number of issue areas, including integration debates, populism, terrorism, migratory pressures, Brexit and its implications and EU enlargement and its neighbourhood, to allow students to further their knowledge and understanding regarding the current status and future prospects for the EU and Europe as a whole. The course also investigates relations of the EU with other international actors to evaluate its role in the international arena.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

3000 word essay (50%)

2 hour unseen exam (50%)


Alternative Resit Arrangements

Take Home exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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