This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Simona Iammarino S410
This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Geography with Economics, BSc in Politics and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
This course aims at: introducing students with little prior knowledge of European issues to some of the most important economic, social, and political challenges the European Union overcame in the past and currently faces; developing an understanding of the determinants and the historical evolution of these challenges, and the related public reactions and policies at different geographical levels; learning about strengths, weaknesses and lessons to be drawn from the most striking example of integration among nation states as a result of historical forces and in the context of a globalised world. The course covers critical issues such as different degrees of economic integration in theory and practice, historical bases for integration, competitiveness, cohesion, innovation and growth, enlargements, Euro crisis, Brexit, Europe in the world, social policy, employment trends, poverty, migration, ageing, and social exclusion and inequality. Particular emphasis is laid upon the geographical foundations of these themes, at various spatial scales in Europe: supranational, national and subnational (e.g. regional, local, urban) levels. The course is traditionally based on close interactions with the lecturers and class teachers, and extra curriculum events will be also organised.
In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Michaelmas and Lent Term.
This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas and a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.
Students will be expected to produce two class essays during the year (worth 10% each) and will also be expected to give class presentations.
Given the diversity of the subject, there is no one textbook that covers all of the topics. A mix of academic articles and chapters from textbooks is used in the course. Reading lists are provided electronically, and additional web sources will also be indicated during the lectures. Indicative textbooks are the following: R Baldwin and C Wyplosz, The Economics of the European Integration, 4th ed. 2012; S Senior Nello, The European Union. Economics, Policies and History, 3rd ed. 2012; J. McCormick, European Union Politics, Palgrave, 2nd ed. 2015.
Essay (10%, 1000 words) in the MT.
Essay (10%, 1000 words) in the LT.
Take-home assessment (80%) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2020/21: 36
Average class size 2020/21: 12
Capped 2020/21: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Specialist skills