• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject European Studies
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The European Union is the most advanced form of supranational governance on the planet, yet it is widely tolerated rather than loved.  Students completing this course will have an understanding of what the European Union is; how its institutions inter-relate and function; the sometimes strained relationship between those European institutions and the member-states; and the role of Euroscepticism in contemporary Europe.  In addition to this emphasis will be placed on the EU’s emerging foreign policy and contentious questions about the EU’s enlargement eastwards into Turkey and Russia’ “near abroad”.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
  1. Critically analyse the structure and dynamics of European political institutions
  2. Apply the various analytical frameworks of political science to European institutions and policies
  3. Place EU political institutions in comparative perspective by making reference to other member states
  4. Critically analyse the role of the EU and the challenges that the modern EU faces
  5. Have developed their research and writing skills.

Indicative Assessment

Draft essay (1500 words) 30% (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Final Research essay (2500 words) 45% (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Take-home final examination (1000 words) 25% (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

McCormick, John. Understanding the European Union. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

Preliminary Reading

Provided in the course guide at outset of the course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3308 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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