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

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Julian Pänke

This module seeks to provide students with a broad understanding of the effects of European integration on the member states of the European Union. In term I we will discuss and analyse 'Europeanization' as a theoretical concept and then apply it to the polities (central government) and politics (parliament, parties, election campaigns, media and citizens) of different member states, most notably Germany, Britain, and France. In term II we will apply Europeanization to a number of policy areas and thereby assess the EU's impact on the member states' foreign- security and defence-, counter-terrorism-, migration and other policies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Understand and analyse the concept of Europeanization: compare different definitions and assess the concept’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Analyse the role played by the member states in the process of EU policy-making.
  • Apply Europeanization to member states’ polities, politics and policies.
  • Understand why and how EU member states differ in their degree of Europeanization.


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

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.