POLS3317 Politics of New Europe

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit analyses the politics of the new Europe that was created by the European Union when it expanded eastward after the end of the Cold War. The unit examines, in depth, the implications for European and international security of the European Union's (EU) eastern enlargement, considering contrasting processes of integration and disintegration. Issues considered include the meaning of a new Europe and the core role of France and Germany; the legacies of the Cold War; the dilemmas of West European integration; the difficulties of constitutional reform; the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo and the Ukraine; the limits of further enlargement; relations with the EU's eastern neighbouring states and with its main energy supplier, Russia; the Eurozone crisis and Brexit; as well as the EU's leading role in encouraging global action to mitigate climate change. The unit provides an advanced understanding of Europe as both a contemporary actor and an arena of international relations, and of prospects for an EU foreign policy.
Students are able to (1) explain, and engage critically with, the conceptual frameworks, core generalisations and key debates associated with the EU; (2) identify the key actors influencing the development of the European Union (EU) and explain their influence; (3) demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates about the enlargement of and breaking away from the EU; (4) apply international relations concepts and theory to analysis of contemporary affairs in Europe; (5) explain the nature and effect of relations between the EU and external powers such as Russia and the USA; (6) communicate independently generated arguments and critical analysis of published research in a coherent and logical manner in both written and oral forms; (7) work collaboratively on substantial research or analytical tasks as a member of a small group, providing and assimilating critical commentary; (8) demonstrate research skills appropriate for locating, assessing and making sophisticated use of relevant primary and secondary materials; (9) demonstrate advanced skills of problem analysis and critical reasoning, strongly informed by relevant theory; and (10) undertake independent, enquiry-based learning and research which reflects advanced knowledge of the EU.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written position paper plan and annotated bibliography; (2) presentation; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit rules
any Level 2 POLS unit
POLS2217 Politics of New Europe
Contact hours
online lectures: 10 hours; seminars: 24 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]



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