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POLS216 Politics of the European Union

Poster of POLS216The course studies the development of the European Union and contemporary issues in European Union politics. The first part of the course examines the historical development of the EU and considers theories of European integration. The course then focuses on the institutions and policy processes in the contemporary EU, and analyses key policies. The final part analyses potential future enlargement of the EU and the role of the EU in contemporary international affairs, concluding with consideration of the lessons of European integration and its potential future.

POLS216 Course Outline 2013

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The historical development of the European Union, the institutions and politics of the contemporary EU, and the EU’s role in international affairs.

Studies the development of the European Union and contemporary issues in European Union politics such as Brexit, the Eurozone crisis, the rise of populist and nationalist parties, and the migration crisis.
The first section examines the historical development of the EU and considers theories of European integration. The paper then focuses on the institutions and policy processes in the contemporary EU. Thirdly, it analyses key policies and controversies. The final section analyses potential future enlargement of the EU and the role of the EU in contemporary international affairs, concluding with consideration of the lessons of European integration and its potential future.

Paper title Politics of the European Union
Paper code POLS216
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or EURO 101 or 72 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Paper Structure
Four main topics:
  • Development of the EU
  • Institutions and policymaking in the EU
  • EU policies and controversies
  • The EU and the world
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr James Headley
Textbooks
Students will be able to access a range of text books on the EU in Course Reserve and/or as Ebooks.
There is no course reader, and no set text book.
Course outline
View the course outline for POLS 216
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical approaches to studying the European Union;
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary EU politics;
  • Display awareness of the relationship between developments in the EU and developments in contemporary international relations;
  • Apply their understanding of the EU in written analysis;
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant literature on the politics of the EU.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41