Europe in Crisis - PO959

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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7 20 (10) DR T Haastrup







The module aims to address topical events in the processes of European Integration and External Relations taking crises as a potential engine for change. Students are asked to engage in this process of change through scholarly investigation that uses primary textual and visual sources from multiple critical perspectives.
The module is intended to be both theoretically sophisticated and accessible to students, thus providing invaluable knowledge for understanding and analysing the contemporary policy practices of the European Union. This hands-on approach should prove both stimulating and pedagogically useful as students explore how policies create crises and crises may inform new approaches to governance.
The module assesses European policy themes in the light of the different interpretative and heuristic tools provided by the theories drawn from a variety of approaches in the social sciences. There is a core emphasis on locating the potential origins of crises and on identifying processes of change or transforming crises. The critical nature of the module allows for the exploration of competing theoretical perspectives and indeed practitioner interpretation of contemporary crises in the European context.

Method of assessment

The module will be assessed through a 3500 word essay and a 3500 word group policy paper.

The topic of the essay (worth 60%) will be negotiated with the module convener. The essay is intended to help students demonstrate their capacity to engage critically with theoretical and empirical understanding of the module's content. Moreover it allows for individual expression, examines the students' ability to relay coherent arguments while showcasing breadth of students' knowledge.

There will also be a Group Policy Paper (worth 40%) in which students are expected to demonstrate their capacity for understanding pertinent policy issues through a position paper that presents an informed and evidence based opinion about issues raised in the module. These papers are intended to respond to specific policy needs, while engaging critically with the policy area.

Indicative reading

Friedman, G Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe (Doubleday Books, 2015)
Giddens, A Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe? (Polity Press, 2013)
Haastrup, T and Eun, Y eds. Regionalizing Global Crises (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Moravcsik, A. "Europe After the Crisis: How to Sustain a Common Currency", Foreign Affairs (May/June, 2012)
Scweiger, C. The EU and the Global Financial Crisis: New Varieties of Capitalism (Edward Elgar 2014)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will have:
A capacity to appraise European policy making from different theoretical perspectives.
An in depth knowledge of key policy areas and institutions within the EU polity.
A deep and systematic understanding of the political, economic and social features of Europe in the contemporary world order
The capacity to critically assess the differing interpretations of crises in the European context
The ability to design and undertake substantial investigation to address European policy-making

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