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 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.