If taken as part of a BSc degree, courses which must be passed before this course may be attempted:
PS1172 Introduction to political science or PS1114 Democratic politics and the State.
- Parameters of EU integration
- Competing theories
The political system of the EU
- The institutions of the EU (the councils, the commission, the parliament, the courts)
- Policy-making and implementation
Internal policies and their impact on EU and the outside world
- Single market and competition
- Regional policy and cohesion
- Common Agricultural Policy
- Economic and Monetary Union
- Justice and home affairs
The External Dimension of the EU
- Common foreign and security policy
- Trade and the common commercial policy
- The Future of EU integration. Deepening, widening or consolidating?
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the European Union, its institutional processes and policies and their impact on European, as well as non-European states and citizens
- Demonstrate an understanding of the main political processes of the EU
- Assess the present and future processes of European Integration in light of the main theories, models and concepts used in the EU studies
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the EU’s key policies and their impact on the outside world
Unseen written exam (3 hrs).
- Hix, Simon. The Political System of the European Union. London: Macmillan.
- Nugent, Neill. The Government and Politics of the European Union. London: Macmillan.
- Wallace, Helen and William Wallace (eds) Policy Making in the European Union. Oxford University Press.
Course information sheets
Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.