Politics Of The European Union

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics Of The European Union

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.
    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
    Two essays of between 2,000 and 2,500 words each (50% of the final mark each). For the exercise each student will have to prepare a page long position paper, meet in groups and craft a group presentation for the simulation based on a discussion that builds on their individual position papers. The grade will be based in the individual paper and their role in the group presentation.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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