The course seeks to provide an overview of the evolution of the European Union (EU) from its early stages to the present. In so doing, it examines the ideas and history of the EU, the institutions of the EU, examples of specific issue areas and the present and future challenges facing the Union. By the end of the course students should have a broad knowledge of the EU, encompassing these various dimensions. They should be able to critically reflect on the various debates, critique the established literature and present their own reasoned arguments.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- the ideas and history of the EU, the institutions of the EU, examples of specific key areas and the present and future challenges facing the Union.
- the evolution of the European Union (EU) from its early stages to the present.
- the various debates on European identity;
- both concepts of European identity and Europeanisation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Engage critically about the workings of the European Union;
- Produce your own analyses of varied cultural processes attached to European integration;
- Analyse and discuss questions of cultural identity and agency;
- formulate and clarify the relations between the regional, national European levels.
- Carry out advanced research into cultural and political issues;
- Produce complex readings of texts in various media;
- Define, present and analyse theoretical work on the processes of European integration, cultural identification and Europeanisation;
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Work affectively alone and in collaboration with others to carry out seminar presentation and discussions;
- Adhere to guidelines and deadlines.
- Plan and organise your learning through self-management.
- Communicate effectively and confidently in English sophisticated theoretical arguments in both orally and in writing;
- Exercise independence and initiatives through your learning.
The module provides an overview of the evolution of the European Union (EU) from its early stages to the present. In so doing, it examines the ideas and history of the EU, the institutions of the EU, examples of specific issue areas and the present and future challenges facing the Union. By the end of the module you should have a broad knowledge of the EU, encompassing these various dimensions. You should be able to critically reflect on the various debates, critique the established literature and present your own reasoned arguments.
The syllabus may typically include PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE EU
- Introduction to the EU offers an overview of the historical development of the EU and of EU institutions.
- Conceptualising the EU
- Conceptualising the EU 2
PART II: RESEARCHING THE EU AND EUROPEAN IDENTITY
- What is the EU and How to study it?
- The idea of Europe
- European identity, between politics and culture
PART III: THEMATIC APPROACHES TO EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
- Europeanisation or cultural narratives of Europe
- Borders and Migrations: Fortress Europe, immigration policy and Securitisation
- Transnational Belonging
- European Identities
Session 11: Concluding and Revising session
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include
- Lectures and questions;
- Seminar group presentations;
- Group discussion in seminars.
Learning activities include
- Organisation of material and own ideas for oral presentation;
- Developing own interpretation of theoretical works and texts;
- Debating ideas in class, especially in response to student presentations;
- Independent study.
Innovative or special features of this module
- You will be asked to join a group topic to present their individual research and they will need to provide a group introduction to the topic under discussion. Guidance will be provided by the teachers.
- An individual write-up of the seminar presentation will be produced taking into account the seminar discussion and teacher’s feedback.
The module format is discussion-based, encouraging you to take responsibility for your own work. You will be introduced to theoretical works on European integration, European identity and Europeanisation and be able to sketch out the debates relating to them and pose your own questions, which will form the basis of ensuing student-led discussion organised around individual presentations. You will be required to give one oral presentation during the module, evidencing a capacity for independent research and an ability to apply theory to the material studied. The presentation will be assessed and detailed written feedback on it will be provided. The written assignments will test your understanding of the theoretical issues introduced, your ability to conduct detailed independent research, develop analysis, and engage in theoretical argument at a high level.
The seminars are designed around group-work, individual presentation and discussion. Each session will focus on a course text introducing the topic and highlighting the central questions. Where appropriate, you will be given the task to introduce the topic in short presentations to their peers. Apart from that you will be encouraged to collect and present other materials, such as media texts, to complement the course texts.
|Completion of assessment task||40|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||2|
|Wider reading or practice||40|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Friedman Rebecca and Markus Thiel (eds.) (2012). European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging. Ashgate: Studies in Migration and Diaspora.
Favell, Adrian (2008). Eurostars and Eurocities. Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe. Oxford: Blackwell publishing.
Fligstein, Neil (2008). Euroclash. The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe. OUP.
Jeffrey T. Checkel, Peter J. Katzenstein. (2009). European Identity. Cambridge: CUP.
Demossier, M. (2007). The European Puzzle, the political structuring of cultural identities at a time of transition. Oxford, New York: Berghahn.
Richard K. Herrmann, Thomas Risse, and Marilynn B. Brewer (Eds) (2004). Transnational Identities: Becoming European in the EU. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Seminar write up||20%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External