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The Europe Question

In recent years the debate over the UK’s relationship with its European neighbours has received unprecedented attention from all corners of British society.

The Europe Question

The growing popularity of separatist groups, such as UKIP, and the Conservative Party’s promise of a referendum in 2017 have ensured that the question of the UK’s membership to the EU will remain at the forefront of British politics for the foreseeable future.

This means that it is now more important than ever to understand the way in which this unique political entity emerged and ‘how it works’ as a system of governance. This module is designed to help you explore the European Union from a social scientific perspective, and will equip you with knowledge of the key theoretical issues underlining the British membership debate.

We will explore matters such as the history of the Union, the changing roles of the Union’s various institutions, and the theories of European integration that have dominated scientific enquiry. We will also critically discuss several of the most pressing concerns in the ‘European debate’ in detail, such as migration to Britain from the east and the realisation of democracy at the European level.

- From Paris to Lisbon: The history of modern integration in Europe.

- How it works: is it possible for the EU to be a democratic Union?

- Location location location: The effects of migration between European countries and how this relates to the UK.

- The four freedoms: The wider implications of the free movement of goods, capital, services and people.

- The Eurozone: the monetary union and the UK

- Welfare or work: The European Union and the welfare state.

- The growing EU: The enlargement process in the past, present and future.


Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015
Time: 19.00-21.00
Duration:  6 weeks


£100 (£95 for university staff and students)


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