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Module ASB-3500:
Britain and the EU

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Overall aims and purpose

NOTE: This module includes a field trip to EU Institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg. NOTE: If you register for this module, you cannot also register for ASB-3303 Principles of Econometrics. AIMS: To provide an understanding of government and its institutions in Britain and the EU, exploring such dimensions as constitutional arrangements, treaties, sovereignty, subsidiarity and the concept of multi-level governance.

Course content

Elements of a governmental system; Relationship between the legislature, executive and judiciary, constituions and the rule of law; The British state and its institutions, the executive, the prime minister and monarch; The nation state and the EU; Sovereignty, legitimacy, subsidiarity and multi-level governance; History and evolution of the EU; Consultative and legislative processes of the EU; The EU as an experimental, evolving and unique model of multi-level governance.

Assessment Criteria


Can identify the elements of governance in Britain and the EU - demonstrates a basic understanding of how the elements inter-relate and work to provide government at national and supra-national level and is able to make basic comparisons


As above combined with an ability to analyse and discuss, for example, the role and powers of the UK Prime Minister and compare these with the President of the Commission - able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex relationships between the institutional actors


As above and able to critically assess systems of governance in a comparative and theoretical manner based on a thorough reading of literature and original source material and be able to comment with insight grounded in a deep understanding of the issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the developmental nature of the EU and the federal- intergovernmental debate.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the current structure of the EU, its institutions and decision making processes.
  3. Understand the a concept of the nation state and an understanding of issues of sovereignty, multi-level governance and subsidiarity.
  4. Critically evaluate systems of governance.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with the nature of the British State and its core institutions.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Assignment 40
Exam S1 2hrs 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  One 2-hour lecture per week.  

Courses including this module

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