Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2125: Politics of the European Union

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr David Benson (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


European integration is one of the most dynamic political processes on a global scale. Since its inception in the early 1950s, the European Union has gradually evolved to become an important economic and political influence on its constituent Member States. This evolution can be explained in many ways but the module will primarily focus on three aspects. Firstly, it will provide an overview of key theoretical debates on European integration from early philosophical arguments on a "united Europe" to contemporary academic analyses. Secondly, the module will then apply these arguments to examine the historical development of the EU since the early 20th Century to the present. Finally, the module will discuss the potential future trajectory of European integration after Brexit and the Covid crisis, and what this may mean for both Europe and the wider world.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. The module is suitable for students studying Politics and History.

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