GV251GC      Half Unit
Government, Politics and Public Policy in the European Union (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann


This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.


Students would usually have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101) or some equivalent.

Course content

The course has two elements. The first introduces students to the policy-making process in the European Union, highlighting the role of the EU institutions such as the Council, the Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Court of Justice. The second covers policy case studies in selected EU policy areas. These policy case studies usually include: the Single Market, the EU budget and redistributive policies, Economic and Monetary Union, asylum, migration and refugee policies, employment and social policies and EU foreign policies.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 22 hours across the Lent and Summer Terms. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online and on-campus lectures and classes.

There will be a reading week in week 6 of LT for feedback and advice sessions and assessment preparation.

Formative coursework

Two essays in the LT.

Indicative reading

S Hix and B Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union, 3rd edn; H Wallace, M Pollack & A Young (Eds), Policy-Making in the European Union, 6th edn; N Nugent, Government and Politics of the European Union, 8th edn (2017).


Online assessment (100%) in the ST.

Online 24 hour (take home) exam in the summer exam period.  Estimated amount of effort required: 2 hours in the 24 hour period.


The Class Summary Grade for General Course Spring Semester students will be calculated as follows: 15% class participation, 80% formative coursework (each formative essay counts for 40%) and 5% attendance.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication