Students have the option of studying European Politics as a combined honours subject, or in a single honours capacity. Our programmes provide an exciting balance of current issues, theoretical analysis and historical context based on three important elements:
- An important overview of the historical development of the European Union and of ‘Europe’ as a concept.
- A discussion of how the EU and other countries in Europe work, as political systems, both in terms of their structural organisation and in terms of their policy output .
- An analysis of contemporary developments such as Britain’s future relationship with the EU, the growth of Euro-scepticism, energy security, European defence policy and the future of EU enlargement.
Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers in these fields.
As well as traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, our students also have an opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the House of Commons, the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the international courts at The Hague. Moreover, our students can study for a year in the Czech Republic (Prague), France, Germany, Italy or Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.
Students gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates on European migration, Britain’s role in the EU, the European context of international human rights and human trafficking, the politics of the environment, and the global financial crisis. This initiative has attracted a range of senior national and international politicians as speakers, is student-based, and provides a great opportunity for enhancing employability.