What is Europe?
What is Europe?

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What is Europe?

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you will be able to:

  • appreciate the historical development of ‘Europe’ as a political and economic entity

  • understand the rationale for the emergence of the idea of ‘Europe’ in policy making

  • understand the contested nature of the idea of Europe

  • understand that ‘Europe’ is not coterminous with the European Union

  • appreciate the challenges facing the EU as it expands.


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