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Europe After Brexit: Cooperation and Crises - Non-credit bearing


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

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

This Europe After Brexit: Cooperation and Crises short course introduces you to key debates about the UK’s changing place in the European political system. You will gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of Brexit, the state of UK-EU relations and the UK’s membership of other pan-European organisations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Council of Europe.

Since the 1950s, European states have pursued cooperation in more and more policy domains. The European Union (EU), with its single currency, single market, and common approaches to climate change, foreign affairs and immigration and asylum policy, exemplifies this trend.

Cooperation in Europe has advanced well beyond efforts at regional cooperation elsewhere in the world but faced periodic crises, including the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, the rule of law crisis and strains in transatlantic defence. The UK’s departure from the EU represents the single biggest backlash against such cooperation. And yet - paradoxically - it necessitates new forms of cooperation between the UK and EU, including the new EU-UK Committee, while adding to tensions within the Council of Europe and NATO.

The aim of this course is to conceptualise, explain and evaluate 70 years of contested European cooperation. Drawing on theories of international relations and public policy, it looks at the role of state and non-state actors in driving such cooperation and interrogates claims that European governance suffers from a democratic deficit. The course shows that ‘Europe’ matters for European states whether they are members of the EU or not.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • History of European governance: from the OEEC to Brexit
  • History of European governance: the UK-EU future partnership
  • Security and defence 
  • Foreign policy 
  • Fundamental rights 
  • Environmental policy 
  • Economic policy 
  • Trade policy 
  • Immigration and asylum 
  • The future of European governance

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

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

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

    This Europe After Brexit: Cooperation and Crises 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.