Introduction to the European Union (L2081)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module will give you a basic grounding in how the EU works today, how it has evolved over time, and how it might develop in the future.

It will introduce you to the main theories of European integration and key concepts that underpin the European project, and will include analysis of some key policy areas, including management of the euro and foreign policy.

There will also be discussion of the role of ordinary citizens in the integration process and their changing attitudes towards the European project, including the study of euroscepticism.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: