Europe's Institutional Order

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Karen Smith CLM 4.09


This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is not available to General Course students.

Course content

Examination and explanation of the development of Europe's institutional order in the post-war era and its evolution since the end of the Cold War. Analysis of the importance of European organisations for both their member states and international relations in general. Theories of international institutions and regional integration. The importance of international organisations for European states. Development and evolution of European organisations including: the Council of Europe, NATO, the European Union, the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Comecon, and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation. Enlargement of European regional organisations.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 9 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to write three essays of a maximum length of 1,500 words each to be set and marked by the class teachers.

Indicative reading

Useful introductions to the subject include: Clive Archer, Organizing Western Europe, 2nd ed. (Edward Arnold, 1994); Stuart Croft et al, The Enlargement of Europe (Manchester University Press, 1999); Desmond Dinan, Ever Closer Union? An Introduction to the European Union, 3rd ed. (Macmillan, 2005); Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, ed., Debates on European Integration: A Reader (Palgrave, 2006); Hugh Miall, Shaping the New Europe (Pinter, 1993); Peter Stirk & David Weigall, The Origins and Development of European Integration (Cassell, 1998); J de Wilde & H Wiberg (Eds), Organized Anarchy in Europe: The Role of Intergovernmental Organizations (Tauris, 1996).


Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 5000 words) in the MT.

The 5,000 word essay must be submitted by 5p.m. on Monday, 17 March 2014.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 8.7
2:1 56.5
2:2 30.4
Third 4.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 9

Average class size 2012/13: 9

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 72.4%



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