Short Title:The European Union
Full Title:The European Union: History,Development, Expansion, Integration
Module Code:POLI H2002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is provide an overview of the History of the European Union, explain the purpose and functions of the European Union institutions and discuss the current debates on European Integration.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Provide an overview of the History of the European Union
LO2 Explain the purpose and functions of the European Union institutions
LO3 Address the current debates on European Integration
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
History of the European Union from the end of WWII to the present
Overview of the development of the European Union from 1950
The actors of the European Union
The Institutions. The Member-States. The decision-making process in the European Union.
The challenges to European Integration
Enlargement. The Citizenship debate. The Democratic deficit. A European Identity? The European Treaties. Policies. The Euro.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment MCQ class test (Week 4) - 10% 1 10.00 Week 4
Continuous Assessment MCQ Class Test (week 8) - 10% 2 10.00 Week 8
Continuous Assessment Written assignment: essay on course topic - 10% 3 10.00 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The student will be required to resit the failed examination component and may also be required to submit an assignment related to coursework.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class-based instruction 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Reading and personal research 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Edited by Bomberg, Elizabeth, Peterson, John and Corbett, Richard 2011, The European Union, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 978-0-19-957080-5]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Nugent, Neil 2003, The Government and Politics of the European Union, Palgrave, Macmillan
  • Peterson, John (Editor), Shackleton, Michael (Editor) 2002, The Institutions of the European Union,, OUP
  • Pinder, John 2001, The European Union, A Very Short Introduction, OUP
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 3 Mandatory