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POL8003 : Integration in Europe

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony Zito
  • Lecturer: Professor Jocelyn Mawdsley
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims:

• To provide students with a theoretically informed understanding of the political, social and economic development of the European Union (EU).

• To explore some of the available analytical tools and perspectives for studying the EU.

The module focuses on the theories that explain the political and economic integration in the European Union. The module examines the factors which have led European nation-states to seek solutions to political and economic problems at the transnational level, and analyses how successful this cooperation has been.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Introduction to the European Union decision making process
• Introduction to the theoretical approaches to studying the community
• The spectrum of approaches since the late 1980s community relaunch
• The state: national interests and the European Union
• The market: economic integration
• The citizen: polity building
• The region: sub-national governance and the European Union
• European Union social policy
• The European Union as an international actor
• The question of enlargement
• Research paper workshop

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00(PCAP, asynchronous)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00in-person, online if necessary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery131:0013:00Optional/Online - Will be conducted on zoom
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1161:00161:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00In person - online if necessary
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Two hour task oriented seminars centred around a series of key readings and group-work exercises, followed by a more general discussion.

Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes: the two hour weekly seminar will involve a combination of a presentation by the module leader and discussion based around students being responsible for leading the discussion. The themes of the seminars will relate to the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues outlined in the module aims. The seminar-based teaching and learning methods will enable students to develop employment-related skills such as interpersonal communication, oral presentation, teamwork, planning and organising, information literacy and problem solving. The presentaton of the research papers facilitates communication and presentation skills as well as the development of critical analysis.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M1004,000 word research paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In writing their research paper, students will be expected to show an ability to collate and evaluate theoretical and empirical material. A chronological or descriptive narrative will not be deemed sufficient to pass this module.

Reading Lists