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  • Objectives
    Learning more about European Union (EU) governance issues has long been a fascinating topic for many postgraduate students. It has become an even more important subject with the disappearance of the iron curtain and the emergence of the 'new Europe' in which Western and Eastern Europe have been gradually growing together as can be seen, for example, from the most recent EU enlargements in 2004 and 2007. The degree allows students to develop an advanced understanding of EU governance issues by providing a research led teaching environment for postgraduate students.The core modules of the MA in European Union Governance will focus particularly on the EU's history, policy actors (including institutional, governmental and non-governmental actors), decision-making processes and common policies as well as on theories of EU integration and politics.They will also cover EU enlargements, the rise of new modes of governance and how the democratic deficit could be reduced. Students will be able to acquire detailed knowledge about the EU's changing role within the wider European and global context. In addition to the core modules, students will be able also to opt for additional modules which focus on, for example, particular member states (e.g. the reunified Germany and its role within the EU and wider Europe) and public policies (e.g. environmental policy and security policy) as well as many other exciting topics (e.g. global governance issues, international politics, the political economy of the internet and comparative legislative studies).
  • Academic Title
    MA in European Union Governance
  • Course description
    Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS)

    You will have plenty of opportunities to listen to important
    European politicians, senior officials or leading academics, as the
    Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS), which is hosted
    by the Department of Politics and International Studies and
    directed by Dr Wurzel, organises a wide range of events
    including a fortnightly seminar series, international conferences
    and the annual Jean Monnet lecture. CEUS, which strongly
    encourages postgraduate students to participate in its
    activities, has been recognised as a 'Centre of Excellence' in
    research and teaching by the European Commission since

    Programme structure


    All students on the MA in European Union Governance must
    take the following core modules.

    The EU - Political Integration and Policy Analysis

    (semester one)

    The main aim of this module is to provide students with a
    good understanding of the EU's history, central policy actors
    and different policy-making processes. It begins with a short
    review of the EU's history while paying particular attention to
    the various Treaty amendments. This is followed by an
    assessment of the shifting roles of and power relations
    between the main EU institutional actors (including the
    Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers and
    European Council as well as the European Court of Justice,
    Economic and Social Committee and Committee of Regions),
    member governments and non-governmental actors. Issues
    such as the Europeanisation of member states and the EU's
    democratic deficit will be assessed in this module.The module
    also analyses different theories of EU integration and politics.

    EU - National and International Perspectives (semester two)
    This module focuses in particular on the EU's policy-making
    processes, common policies and increasing role as an
    international actor. It also focuses on the implications of the
    various enlargements for both the EU as well as the 'old' and
    'new' member states.This module begins with a short review
    of the EU's changing powers which is followed by a detailed
    assessment of the formal and informal rules of the policymaking
    processes that are illustrated by case studies.The main
    common policy areas which will be analysed include the Single
    European Market (SEM), Common Agricultural Policy (CAP),
    Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), structural policies,
    environmental policy, immigration policy and Common
    Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Following the analysis of
    different common policy areas, attention then shifts to the rise
    of new modes of government and what implications this has
    for the traditional Monnet method.

    Additional modules

    Students on the MA in European Governance will also be able
    to choose two additional modules per semester from a list of
    options that at present includes but is not restricted to the

    • Germany in the European Union and the
    Wider Europe
    • Political Economy of Southern Europe
    • The European and International Politics of the
    • European Public Policy
    • Globalisation and Governance in Theory
    • EC Competition Law and the Global System
    • The Political Economy of the Internet
    • Political Economy in Perspective
    • Political Economy of Development
    • International Relations theory
    • The Political Theory of Multiculturalism
    • Parliament in the Contemporary Political System:
    • Parliament in the Contemporary Political System:
    • Comparative Legislatures: Systems and Cultures
    • Research Methods in Political Science

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