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The European Union Polity - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but it can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

On this European Union Polity short course we will explore the history of European integration, the theories used to explain the development of the European Communities/Union, the constitution and the actual operation of the EU's main institutions.

We will address some of the following questions, and others related, by reviewing a broad range of academic and other materials:

  • Where does the idea of a united Europe come from in historical terms?
  • What theories have political scientists devised in an effort to explain the development of European integration?
  • What are the key features of the EU's main institutions? How do these institutions operate in practice? 

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    European Union Polity is a postgraduate-level short course. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have previous knowledge of the subject, for example, by having successfully completed an intermediate class at an undergraduate degree level or by having significant professional experience in this area.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.