Short Title:Development of European Politics
Full Title:Development of European Politics
Module Code:EUPO H20011
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in no programmes
Reviewed By: 
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:The purpose of the module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the development of political thought in Europe from the time of the Enlightenment as well as the political concepts and ideologies which have shaped European politics since the late 18th century.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically assess the main theories and key concepts in the development of Eueropean political thought.
LO2 Be able to compare and contrast the different ideological themes that have shaped European politics.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Assignment during which students will reflect on the ideologies which have shaped modern European politics and apply their knowledge and personal research to address critically current socio-political debates 1,2 40.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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 Participation and attendance 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading and researching 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
  • Bomberg, Elizabeth, Peterson, John & Corbett, Richard 2012, The European Union - How does it work?, Third Ed., OUP
Recommended Book Resources
  • Mccullough, Barrie 2012, Political Ideologies, OUP Canada
  • Heywood, Andrew 2007, Political Ideologies, latest Ed., Palgrave Mcmillan
  • Mill, J.S. 2010, On Liberty, Penguin Classics
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, The Social Contract, 2004 Ed., Penguin Books Ltd
  • Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1984 Ed., Penguin Classics
  • Woolstonecraft, Mary 2004, A Vindication fo the Rights of Woman, Penguin Books Ltd
  • Burke, Edmund 1982, Reflections of the Revolution in France, Penguin Classics
  • Minogue, Kenneth 2000, Politics, OUP, Very Short Introductions
  • Magone, Jose 2010, Contemporary European Politics, Routledge
  • Barry, Andrew, et al 1996, Foucault and Political Reason, University College London London
  • Foucault, Michel 1991, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, or later Ed., Penguin London
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Foucault, Michel 1978, Politics and the Study of Discourse, Ideology and Consciousness, 4, Autumn, 7-26
  • Foucault, Michel 1979, Governmentality, Ideology and Consciousness, 6, Autumn, 5-21
This module does not have any other resources