POL8003 : Integration in Europe
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony Zito
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
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 future: Britain 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 question of enlargement
• Research paper workshop
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||166:00||166:00||N/A|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||1||M||100||4,000 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.