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European Public Policy - POL00060M

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  • Department: Politics and International Relations
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeremy Moulton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

The aim of the course is to examine the historical context behind integration, the contemporary institutional set-up, the decision-making process and the main policies of the European Union (EU). These themes will help students better understand the policies and processes underpinning current debates on the EU’s future.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content:

- the historical development of the EU

- the internal organisation and functioning of the main EU institutions

- the main policies of the EU and its complex policy-making process

- topical issues in the governance of the EU

Academic and graduate skills

- Communication skills: Present written and oral material

- Interpersonal skills, including a negotiating exercise

- Research skills, especially the use of primary EU sources


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 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.

Indicative reading

Bache, I., George, S. and Bulmer, S., Parker, O. (2014). Politics in the European Union, 4thedition. Oxford: OUP.

Jones, E., Menon, A. and Weatherhill, S. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of the European Union.Oxford: OUP.

Richardson, J. and Mazey, S. (eds.) (2015). European Union: Power and Policy-Making, 4th edition.Abingdon: Routledge.

Wallace, W. H., Pollack, M. and Young, A. (eds.) (2015). Policy-Making in the European Union,7hedition. Oxford: 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.