Masters Modules.

Politics and Governance of the European Union.

The European Union is the most highly developed international organization in terms of its powers and policy responsibilities. It is also an important level of governance for its member states and a major economic and political actor internationally. This module is designed to enable you explore how governance and the policy processes of the EU work. The initial focus is on the patterns of governance in the EU: the roles of institutions and other actors, the policy instruments available and the different phases of the policy process: from agenda-setting through formulation, the legislative process to implementation.

You will explore who holds power in the EU at different stages and in different scenarios. The module then explores the dynamics of different EU policy areas. You will explore key policy areas such as monetary union, the single market and foreign policy. You will also be able to consider the challenges associated with the EU crisis (Eurozone, migration and Brexit). A public policy focus is at the core of the module but you are encouraged to use a range of theoretical positions: from international relations, comparative politics, political economy and critical approaches. Student choice is facilitated by a free choice of topic for the second essay, which can be on any topic related to the syllabus.


A variety of teaching methods is deployed in the module: introductory lecture sessions, workshops, seminars and a simulation of EU policy making.


The module is typically assessed through two pieces of individual coursework.