European Governance

Module code: 803M9
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay

In this module you analyse the substance and process of policy-making in the European Union as well as the political context in which it is made.

The module draws upon a mix of mainstream political science techniques and the more specialised approaches of policy analysis, with particular emphasis on the emerging ‘governance’ literature as it has been applied to the EU.

An important objective of the module is to use the insights from the academic literature to understand how policy is made in the ‘real world’ of the EU.

Therefore, in addition to using academic texts and analysis, the module also draws upon a range of primary and other research resources.

In particular it makes use of documentation produced by the European Institutions, member state authorities and bodies seeking to influence or understand the EU as well as specialised data and media sources. It will also draw upon the expertise and insight of ‘practicioner experts’ with a background in EU policy making.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand and critically assess the history and current status of EU policies in a wide range of policy areas
  • Critically evaluate the substance and process of EU policy-making across different policy areas
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the interaction between EU and national policy processes and their respective political contexts.
  • Be familiar with and critically interrogate the principal theoretical and conceptual debates relating to governance and policy making in the EU and be able to apply them to case studies
  • Locate, research and deploy a variety of official and unofficial documentary sources of relevance to EU policy-making