Institutions and Policies of the European Union

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr George Kyris

This module introduces students to the historical and constitutional development of the European Union, the conceptual and theoretical debates surrounding the EU and integration process, the institutional framework of the EU, and key internal and external policy activities.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module the student should be able to:

  • Identify and interpret the institutions, political and policy-making processes and major policy content of the European Union.
  • Relate the institutional, political and policy developments in the EU to the major theoretical debates in EU Studies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate the institutional, political and policy processes in the EU.
  • Formulate independent judgements on the processes taking place in the EU both orally and in writing.


  • Term Two: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.