The Politics of the EU

Module code: POPP 2003

Module description

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to the European Union and the role that the EU plays in the wider world. This module introduces students to the history, institutional development and policy-making environment that is characteristic of the EU, and highlights the challenges that confront the EU in the globalised economy. Attention will be paid to the tension that exists between the continuing presence of national positions of member states and the emergence of common EU positions. Students will consider a wide variety of case studies to examine the role that the EU plays in the international community as well as the pressures that are exerted upon the EU. Students will participate in a simulation exercise and will have the opportunity to take part in a field trip to EU institutions in Brussels as part of #DMUglobal.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Tutorials: 6 hours
  • Other: 68 hours


  • Essay (2500 words): 50%
  • Simulation (half day simulation and 1000 words): 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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