Politics Of The European Union POLITIC4020

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to appeal to students who are interested in the debate about European integration and the future of Europe.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Two essays of between 2,000 and 2,500 words each (40% of the final mark each. 

A simulation exercise (20% of the final mark) -


For the simulation exercise each student will have to prepare a brief position paper, meet in groups and craft a group presentation based on a discussion that builds on their individual position papers. 10% of the grade will be based on the individual paper position. 


The remaining 10% of the simulation mark will be based on individual oral participation, individual performance in the context of the group presentation and individual contribution to the discussion during the simulation exercise. A written record of the teacher's evaluation of oral performance will be kept for each student.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

This course is designed to appeal to students who are interested in the debate about European integration and the future of Europe. It is divided into four sections: 1) Evolution of the European project, which includes a short history of the EU; 2) Actors, which includes the European Commission, the European Council and the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Justice; 3) Policies, which include the Single Market, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Foreign and Security policies; 4) Theories, which include intergovernmentalism and supranationalism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the evolution of the European Union since the early 1950s and make an informed judgement about the future prospects of European integration

■ Understand why European institutions were created and how they work

■ Be familiar with the goals of the EU's major policies and be able to evaluate them critically

■ Appreciate the role of the European Union in the international arena

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.