The Politics of European Integration

Module code: PL7594

Module co-ordinator: Dr Richard Whitaker

Module Outline

The module enables students to understand the relationship between the European Union (EU) and its member states. It starts by looking at the development of the EU and at the differing theoretical perspectives on European integration, as well as the balance of power between the EU and its member states. It then examines a series of EU policies that are crucial for this relationship including economic and monetary union, enlargement and the EU’s justice and home affairs policies. In doing so the module considers concepts such as multi-level governance and differentiated integration.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Blackboard - which allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentation, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)