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The European Union

20 Credits

The European Union course focuses on the politics and policies of the European Union (EU), as well as on its fundamental propositions as a model for regional cooperation within international society.

The complexity of policy decision-making affected by the structure of the EU institutional processes will be analysed in considerable depth. Rigorous discussions of the strengths and weaknesses of the EU as a regional supranational authority, in theory, and in practice, are integral to the study of this course. The tensions that arise at member state level out of the move towards supranational constitutionalism of the EU are especially relevant to our times, and this course will provide students with an intimate knowledge of these discussions.

As a model for democratisation, the EU will be analysed in the context of ASEM, deliberating to what extent inter-regional social learning in response to global citizenship occurs over time between these vastly differing propositions for regionalism, the EU and ASEAN, in their joint bilateral institutional setting.

The European Union course is taught through a series of 12 seminars with fewer than 15 students in the class. In addition to seminars, students will attend the Guest Lecture Series (lectures with questions and answer sessions) to broaden their knowledge of key developments and trends in the study of Global Politics. To complete the course, students will be expected to undertake 200 hours of structured study as commensurate with the requirements of a 20-credit postgraduate course. The course is assessed through one three-hour unseen written examination.

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