AIP243 - Europe's Political Transformations

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Geoffrey Robinson

AIP107 or AIP116

Incompatible with:

AIP246, AIP307

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The formation of the European Union (EU) since World War Two has been a remarkable achievement of cooperation in a continent ravaged by past conflicts. Member states rose from six to nearly 30; with increased governance of citizens from Brussels. Nations like Ukraine want to join to gain democracy. Yet some complain the EU is not democratic. This, differences between northern and southern European traditions, and tensions between nations in and out of the Euro currency, threaten continued co-operation. Changes which have swept - and challenges now confronting - Europe, are surveyed: whether it is better to separate finances of northern European nations like Germany from southern European nations like Greece; whether Nordic nations' universal welfare and gender equality are best served in the EU; and whether Britain decided correctly to leave the EU. Political challenges posed to Europe by higher immigration will be studied; and political lessons which Europe may offer the wider world.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual, and policy debates about the nature and significance of politics and governance in several European nation-states by probing the differences between them including both the national and supra-national contexts in which they operate

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of research on an aspect of comparative politics that deploys political concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in written and oral formats, and to an informed readership and audience

GLO2: Communication


Analyse and critically evaluate different interpretations of political phenomena in more than one nation. Demonstrate knowledge of the different research methods used to investigate political phenomena. Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of politics

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Seminar or online Exercises 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Ongoing
Assessment 2: Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIP243
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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