The European Union: Promises, Politics and Pitfalls

Regional integration is a messy business. There are a host of such organisations, but none have achieved the level of integration of the European Union. This alone makes the EU worth studying. To understand the EU it is first necessary to take a look at its history, examining the imperative for its creation. As time and new developments in society came to pass, the role of the EU, its law and its politics have morphed to deal with pressing issues. The EU's growing role within Europe has further helped to form a collaborative-state model for the region and the world.

Featuring subject matter expert

Trevor Tayleur
Trevor Tayleur

Head of Design and Associate Professor at The University of Law

Trevor Tayleur joined The University of Law in 1991, playing a key role in developing the core subject of EU Law. Today he is a course designer for EU, Public and Competition Law.

Does the UK consider its policies on human rights protection and immigration stronger than those of the EU?

At the margins perhaps the European Charter of Fundamental Rights might provide protection under EU law where the UK's Human Rights Act doesn't.

Annita Sophocleous
Annita Sophocleous

Senior International Officer at University of Law

Annita Sophocleous has a BA in European Studies from Royal Holloway and an MA in European Union Studies from Leiden University. She formerly worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels.

How will the UK's relationship with France and Germany change when the UK comes to a Brexit deal with the EU?

A lot depends on the successor to Theresa May because the next Prime Minister will have to repair the damaged relationship between the two parties.

Course Overview

  • Uncover the formation of the EU in the late twentieth century as a means to avoid war that would have further devastated the continent.
  • Discern the balance of powers devised within the EU, limiting single state authority and imposing resistance and intervention from other states.
  • Gain an understanding of EU Law, a system that overrules the national law of each member country in the event of conflict between the two structures.
  • Explore the EU’s position as a world leader as it continues to work on key policy areas and innovate to address issues that could have trans-boundary consequences.
Course content
  • 8 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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