Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2075: Integration and Disintegration in the EU

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
  1. Introduction
  2. History of European integration – why integrate in the first place?
  3. History of European integration – from 15 to 28. The impact of the last enlargements on integration
  4. European integration theory I
  5. European integration theory II
  6. The democratic deficit debate (1): Issues of compound representation
  7. Example (1): The Euro and the financial crisis
  8. Example (2): Schengen
  9. Example (3): The UK (1)
  10. Example (3): The UK (2)
  11. The rise of Euroscepticism

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2-hour lectures with a mix of lecture, student-led seminar, collective discussion and presentations
Guided independent study78Preparation and completion of course work
Guided independent study50Reading for seminars

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).



The compulsory readings for each session will be available on ELE as well as additional material linked to the main themes covered.