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.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide an introduction to European integration by presenting major concepts, theoretical debates, historical events and key academic texts. It also aims to link theoretical arguments to empirical examples through employing examples from the history of European integration. By undertaking the module, you will develop an understanding of what the European Union is, how it evolved and how it can be interpreted from different theoretical perspectives.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of the history of the European Union through lectures, class discussion and submitted coursework;
2. demonstrate knowledge of major theories of EU integration through lectures, class discussion and submitted coursework
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate the ability, through formative and summative coursework, to assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse European integration;
4. demonstrate knowledge of major political theories and understanding of how to apply them to examples of political processes
Personal and Key Skills5. research and write analytical essays
6. formulate critical arguments; and
7. communicate arguments effectively through written submissions.