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Comparative European Politics: Europeanisation, Contestation, Integration


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor and tutor: Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration
  • Assessment: an in-class quiz (10%), 2000-2500-word essay (25%) and online take-home examination (65%)

Module description

This module is supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

The module will introduce you to the evolution of key national institutions from the point of view of ‘Europeanisation’ (i.e. the impact of membership of the European Union), and offer a detailed examination of the national experiences of EU membership in relation to specific member states or groups thereof. The latter will be examined in relation to the motives for participation in European integration, the realities of EU membership (e.g. compliance with EU law) and competing views on the future of the EU.

The module comprises 10 three-hour weekly sessions which include a lecture, student-led seminar and in-class practical task conducted under the supervision of the course tutor.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have been exposed to and assessed:

  • competing views on the impact of European integration on domestic institutions
  • how different member states relate to the process of integration
  • how different preferences emerge from individual member states or groups thereof in relation to the future of the EU.