Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics and International Relations
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Remy Davison


This unit provides an introduction to the key institutions, policies and decision-making processes of the European Union. The unit incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to the political economy of European integration from political science, economics, political economy and international relations. The focus is upon the building and development of the European Union as a unique example of regional economic and political integration since 1950, The unit will also draw upon a wide range of case studies in order to illustrate the problems associated with international integration and international public policy making among unequal partners. The unit canvasses a broad range of case-study material, including the development of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the Eurozone; the Common Agricultural Policy; and the Single European Market.


  1. Students who complete this unit successfully will gain an understanding of the key tenets and debates in integration theory.
  2. Students will develop their understanding of European Union public policy making.

Students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of EU governance.

  1. Students will comprehend the impact of EU public policy upon member countries and particular industry sectors.
  2. Students will gain exposure to the financial, legal and political aspects of public policy implementation.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of the economic, social and cultural costs and benefits of integration among unequal partners.
  4. Students will acquire research skills by undertaking a research analysis of a major policy area, utilizing primary and secondary-source materials.
  5. Students will develop skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon these assessments.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two cornerstone units in Politics or International relations.


ATS4973, APG5973