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Political Economy of 'New Europe' - POL00033H

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nicole Lindstrom
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

The historical enlargement of the European Union to Eastern Europe has transformed both its newest members and the EU itself. The module examines these changes in a New Europe posing two sets of questions: what has been the impact of the EU on post-socialist polities, policies and politics? And how, in turn, are these newest members transforming the EU?

Module learning outcomes

By completing this module, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of different analytical approaches to the study of the European Union and comparative political economy of its member states;
  • Gain knowledge of different political economy issues in the EU through cross-national, cross-regional, and cross-policy comparisons;
  • Improve the organisation and clarity of both written and oral expression.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

Bohle, D. and B. Greskovits. 2012. Capitalist Diversity on Europe's Periphery. Cornell University Press.

Jacoby, W. 2006. The Enlargement of the European Union and NATO: Ordering from the Menu in Central Europe. Cambridge University Press.

Zeilonka, J. 2007. Europe as Empire: the Nature of the Enlarged European Union. Oxford University Press.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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