Contemporary Challenges for Europe module (EU21002)

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Module code


  • Level 2
  • Semester 2
  • European Studies - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 50% Examination 50%


The European Union faces many challenges including constitutional issues, the management of the single currency, the consequences of enlargement and the questions of national identity posed by migration. This module draws on ideas from geography, history, economics, politics, and language studies to offer a unique perspective on important contemporary issues affecting the future of Europe.


Ms Marion Sporing

Teaching staff

Dr Tom McKenzie

Dr Fiona Smith

Ms Marion Sporing

Plus other tutors


The module will be delivered through two weekly lectures over eleven weeks and one weekly seminar.


  • 2 x Essay (25% each)
  • 2-hour examination (50%)

The resit for this module will take the form of one 2-hour examination.


Core Reading:

  • David A Gowland, Richard Dunphy, & Charlotte Lythe (eds), The European Mosaic, 3rd edition (Harrow: Pearson, 2006)

Other Useful Works:

  • Desmond Dinan, Ever Closer Union: An Introduction on European Integration, 4th edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010)
  • Neil Fligstein, Euroclash: The EU, European Identity and the Future of Europe (Oxford: OUP 2008)
  • Jørden Drud Hansen (ed), European integration: an economic perspective (Oxford: OUP 2001)
  • Richard Sakwa & Anne Stevens (eds), Contemporary Europe, 2nd edition (Basingstoke: Macmillan 2001)
  • Andreas Staab, The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008 - available as e-book

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