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Module

POL1017 : Governing Under Pressure: The Politics of the UK & EU (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Geoff Horn
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module focuses on a range of contemporary problems and issues in UK and EU politics. Approaching the complex pressures on UK and EU governance through a thematic approach requires students to come to grips with the key features of the British and EU political systems and gain knowledge of the institutions and pressures on both political systems.
The module aims:
•       To provide a foundational understanding of the history, evolution, character and effectiveness of the key political institutions in these political systems
•       To provide a foundational understanding of the key challenges and pressures faced by institutions and political processes and an awareness of the variety of forms these may take via in depth study of the UK political system and the European Union
•       To provide a foundational understanding of the interactions between the two political systems, via the concept of multi-level governance

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture Outline:

1. European Political Systems: Introduction to the Module

The UK

2. Modernisation and UK politics
3. Distrust and the UK political system
4. Participation and UK politics
5. Political parties in the UK
6. Representation and UK politics
7. Leadership in UK politics
8. Policy failure in UK politics
9. Accountability in UK politics
10. Britain, Britishness and the ‘Break Up of Britain’?
11. UK politics in its international context

The European Union

12. Routes to Membership and Ambitions of the Member States, part I.
13. Routes to Membership and Ambitions of the Member States, part II.
14. Routes to Membership and Ambitions of the Member States, part III.
15. The Evolution of the Communities.
16. The Commission and the Legitimacy of Technocratic Policy-making.
17. The Council of Ministers and the Question of Sovereignty.
18. The European Parliament and the Democratic Question.
19. The European Court of Justice and the Rule of Law.
20. Simulation preparation lecture
21. Revision lecture

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable