Power and Policies in the European Union

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Power and Policies in the European Union

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points from INTP 200-299 or POLS 200-299

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course introduces students to the institutions and evolution of the European Union. It also examines explanations of the process of European integration. It asks whether the governance institutions of the EU are comparable to those of its member states or whether they represent something sui generis. It raises the unanswered questions underlying European integration: what is 'Europe', what is 'Europe' becoming and what are the limits of 'Europe'? 100% internal assessment. This course is also able to be taken towards a major POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. describe in detail the institutions of governance in the European Union
    2. evaluate different explanations for how the institutions of European governance came into
    being and have evolved over time
    3. explain how processes of European integration ? the creation of a common set of
    institutions and policies ? drives and, sometimes, resolves political conflicts
    4. understand how and why contemporary debates about policy, democracy, institutions, and
    enlargement take place in Europe.

    Esssy plan- 10%
    1st in class test- 25%
    3000 word essay- 40%
    2nd in class test- 25%

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