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This module introduces students to the main policy areas and contentious issues which shape and define the politics of European Integration in the contemporary era. The European Union is a unique actor in international politics and constitutes the key reference point for public policy in its member states. The modules introduces and analyses the significance of key EU policy areas such as agriculture, competition and environment policy and how such policies are formulated and implemented. It also evaluates EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood policies and the priorities attached to the Lisbon Agenda and Horizon 2020. It examines the EU budgetary process and how it shapes regional and national politics. It assesses the development of European Monetary Union (EMU) and the challenges faced by the EU in the face of continuing turmoil within the Eurozone and the threats to its very survival. Students also engage with the key modalities of the policy-making process within the EU, how this system has evolved over time, and, in particular at changes which have been wrought by management of successive crises within the Euro-zone. This module will complement and logically follow on (sequentially) from our existing module on EU institutions (The Politics of the European Union, PO305) and provide students with a more nuanced and balanced sense of how the EU functions as a political system.