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MA Politics in the European Union

Course Description

Course Details

This course provides an in-depth analysis of government and policy making in Europe. You will study both EU institutions and the politics of member states which will allow you to develop your understanding of the relationship and interaction between them.

You will complete one core module - Politics of European Integration - then choose three option modules which, along with your chosen dissertation subject, allow you to focus on your preferred specialisms.

The programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand the debates surrounding European integration and European Union activities, and how these affect national politics in member states. You will develop your ability to employ both theoretical and empirical tools in order to analyse politics in the EU. The course will develop the transferable skills you need to work effectively within a complex world where traditional concepts of national state sovereignty are called into question.

Our course will provide you with invaluable insights into the functioning of political life in the EU that will assist you in a broad range of professions, including diplomacy, government bodies, international organisations, lobbying, teaching, journalism, the media and commerce and business.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course Structure

You must complete the 'Politics of European Integration' core module, your dissertation plus a further three optional modules from a list of approximately 20 (subject to availability):

Your choice of optional modules should relate directly to the degree (e.g. EU Enlargement, Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU, Euroscepticism), but subject to approval you may also select other politics and international relations modules, for example modules looking at diplomacy, corruption and a broad range of foreign policy issues. If you are studying for the MA, these modules will be followed by your dissertation.

Teaching and assessment methods

Teaching will be based upon use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard. This allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one to one contact through conventional channels. Modules are assessed by a traditional end of module essay and a range of online activities.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA Politics in the European Union page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Either a first or a good second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects.We also welcome applicants with relevant professional experience and qualifications.If your first language is not English you should have a qualification such as the IELTS (6.5 or above) or TEFL (90/575). See the University's full English language requirements.

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