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Comparative European Politics: Europeanisation, Contestation, Integration


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

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

On this Comparative European Politics: Europeanisation, Contestation, Integration short course we will explore key concepts in the study of the institutions of European states and examine whether and how (if at all) they have been affected by membership of the European Union.

Taught by a research-active academic who also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration, and featuring guest talks by academics and practitioners, the course addresses the following questions (and others related) by reviewing a broad range of academic and other material:

  • How have the political institutions of European states evolved over time?
  • Has a country’s membership of the European Union affected its political institutions? If so, how? If not, why not? 

Assessment is via an in-class quiz (10%), 2000-2500-word essay (25%) and online take-home examination (65%).

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course is taught at intermediate level - equivalent to Year 2/Year 3 of an undergraduate degree. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have some previous knowledge of the subject, for example, by having successfully completed an introductory class at Level 4 (such as the first year of an undergraduate degree or one of our Certificate of Higher Education modules), or by having 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.