EURO06006 2022 European Union Policies and Institutions

General Details

Full Title
European Union Policies and Institutions
Transcript Title
EU Policies and Institutions
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Subject Area
EURO - European Studies
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kerry Dolan, Aileen Brennan, Joan Morrison
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSI_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business Studies SG_BBUSI_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business SG_BSALE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Sales SG_BBUSS_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in General Business SG_BADMN_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration SG_BFINA_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Finance and Investment SG_BINTE_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Marketing and Languages SG_BBUSJ_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Business SG_BBUSI_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business SG_BFINA_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Finance and Investment SG_BBUSL_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business Administration SG_BBUSM_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business Studies SG_BBUSB_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business SG_BBUSI_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business SG_BBUSG_B07 202300 Bachelor of Business in General Business SG_BFINA_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Finance and Investment SG_BADMN_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business Administration SG_BBUSB_C06 202200 Higher Certificate in Business in Business SG_BBUSB_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Business

This module explores the development and practice of the European Union. Contemporary challenges in European Societies around for example climate change, ageing populations, digital revolutions, will be the focus for practical exercises, simulations and short role-play. The workings of the EU become clear through debate and negotiation in  simulated EU Institutional meetings.  This will allow students to analyse critically the issues facing this unique experiment in cooperation between European States. This will be an engaging way to learn about the European Union 



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Relate the significant points in the development of co-operation  between states in Europe today, leading to an EU of 27 states.


Identify the main institutions of the European Union and explain how they are structured, how they function, how they relate to one another and how they fit into the policy and decision- making process of the European Union. 


Review the relationship between the EU and its citizens


Describe key policy fields of the EU and  the principles of the EU process



Source and interpret information relevant to the syllabus content and read and write cogently using the vocabulary and concepts used in this module

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Class based instruction, discussion and activity-based learning

A series of both role-play and one final simulation to enact the EU policy and decision-making process: from Commission proposal through to a Council of Ministers and European Parliamentary Committee meeting to reach a conclusion on a Directive/Regulation/Decision or Recommendation

These are  interactive elements of the Teaching and Learning Strategy for this module.
Specialist guest lecturers are invited through 'Europe direct' as well as local TDs and MEPs.
There is a cultural study trip (as time and budget allows)

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment: Role-Play, Individual or Team Project, one major Simulation Game of EU Institution meeting and Report and MCQs

Repeat Assessments

A project relating to Simulation and/or oral exam. 

Module Dependencies

EURO07001 200900 Contemporary European Society 1 ( Semester 1, Year 2)

Indicative Syllabus

The European Union
- Integration - key theories and concepts
- Regional integration around the world
The Evolution of the European Union
- from the EEC to EU 27 
- the pull and tug of 'integration' and disintegration' processes
The Institutions of the EU
 - The Commission, The European Parliament, The Council of Ministers - The European Council  - functions, powers and reforms
- the policy-and decision-making processes of the EU

Policy areas of the EU

- The EU Policy Process
 policy area which represent key challenges for EU today: e.g. climate change, digital revolution

- agricultural policy, regional policy, social policy, the environment, the new consumer agenda 2020-2025
- single market programme and the Euro and its implications for European economic policy
- current issues of concern relating to a policy area of the EU - a live policy issue

The EU and its Citizens
the democratic deficit; participation and representation; challenge of accountability



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Role-Play Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 6 1,2,3,4,5
2 Final Simulation and Report Practical Practical Evaluation 50 % Week 9 1,2,3,4,5
3 Multiple Choice Questions Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
4 Feedback and Debrief Formative Performance Evaluation - % Week 11

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Flat Classroom Lecture - Preparation for Role-play and Simulation 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Library Prepare for Simulation, Oral Presentation, Written Reports 4 Weekly 4.00
Cultural Trip Not Specified Study Trip 0 Once Per Semester 0.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
20/12/2022 Experiencing the European Union: Learning how EU negotiations work through simulation games Rubbettino

Recommended Reading
Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union (2nd Edition) Red Globe Press Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137023627 ISBN-13 9781137023629
Required Reading
Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction (The European Union Series) Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137362324 ISBN-13 9781137362322

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text:
John McCormick 2020 Understanding the European Union a concise introduction London: Palgrave 8th edition
Olivier Costa and Nathalie Brack, (2018) How the EU Really Works (2nd edition)  Routledge 2nd edition
Zimmermann, & Dür, A. (2021). Key controversies in European integration (3rd edition.). 

Bomberg and Peterson (2012) The European Union How does it work  Oxford University Press (3rd ed)

Donald McNeill (2004), New Europe: Imagined Spaces.Hodder Arnold Pub


Journal Resources

The Journal of Common Market Studies
Martill, B., and Staiger, U. (2021) Negotiating Brexit: The Cultural Sources of British Hard Bargaining. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 59: 261– 277.

The European Journal of Political Research
  Kruschinski, S. and Bene, M. (2022) ‘In varietate concordia?! Political parties’ digital political marketing in the 2019 European Parliament election campaign’, European Union Politics, 23(1), pp. 43–65. doi: 10.1177/14651165211040728.

Journal of European Public Policy

Egeberg, M. 1999. “Transcending intergovernmentalism? Identity and role perceptions of national officials in EU decision-making.” Journal of European Public Policy 6 (3):456-74.
Quaglia, Lucia. 2010. "Completing the single market in financial services: the politics of competing advocacy coalitions." Journal of European Public Policy 17 (7):1007-23.

Other Journals


URL Resources

Useful websites:

1. The official website of the EU - we will use and consult this website throughout the course: /
2. The Institute of International and European Affairs:
3. News and views:
4. Political resources on the net:
5. Votewatch: for information on how the EP votes
6. How co-decision (the ‘OLP’) operates post-Lisbon:
7. EP’s co-decision (the ‘OLP’) website:  

8. Factsheets of the EU -

9. Simulation Game of College of Europe Brugges -
10 The EU Simulation / the Chocolate Directive
11. Agence Europe is a long running publication on the EU  
12  POLITICO, a global politics and policy news organization, launched in Europe in April 2015,  a subsidiary of Axel Springer SE.
13. This free course on  Coursera is a useful overview /


Other Resources

Microphones in room D2022 for Simulation
FINAL Simulation in Pegasus Suite, Clayton Hotel

Additional Information

Cultural study trip is part of this module ( as time and budget allows)