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European Politics (9566.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



    This unit will examine the European experiment, paying particular attention to its process of integration into the most powerful supranational entity to have ever existed: the European Union. The unit is divided into four sections: Module 1 - examination of how Europe emerged from the Wars of Religion and developed into the system of sovereign states that eventually, through centuries of conflict, would become the Europe we know today. Module 2 - examines the broadening and deepening of the European Union in the post WW2 environment. Module 3 - offers a sampling of the major states that make up the EU or states that help define larger European dynamics. Module 4 - takes on a sample of important contemporary issues that the EU and Europe face.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Summarise the emergence of modern Europe and the challenge of competing European nationalisms and nation states to European peace and prosperity;

    2. Describe the emergence of the post-World War 2 European peace project while addressing the public and foreign policy issue areas of primary concern to Europeans, including economic, development, and security issues;

    3. Assess the challenges confronting traditional national state identity among the political communities of West Europe since WW2, which has gained renewed focus with the end of the Cold War and the re-emergence of the question of the relationship of Western to Eastern Europe; and

    4. Analyse the international and national public policy challenges that continue to determine the policy agenda within the European Union.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government or 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought OR 9551 Comparative Politics



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