AIP243 - Europe's Political Transformations


2024 unit information

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

AIP107 or AIP116

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:

AIP246, AIP307

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.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

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

Scheduled learning activities - online

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.

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