This is probably the most disappointing subject I've ever done at UQ. I chose it because I was interested in, well, European Political Issues, such as the rise of the far right in Europe, the Eurocrisis in Greece, the European response to the Syrian migrant crisis, the (at the time I took the subject) upcoming referendum on "Brexit".
I learned almost nothing about any of that. We barely spoke about any of it.
What I did learn was a lot about a couple of IR theories about European Integration, mainly one academic who had one theory in the 50s and then got proven wrong, especially by another academic who was kinda sassy about it. Yep.
You don't get to discuss European political issues or write about them for your assignments. This is all about god damn theories that you don't get much of a chance to actually apply to anything.
The readings were about as interesting as watching paint dry.....pages and pages of rambling on about old theories, and nothing about current European Political Issues.
SO disappointed in this subject. It had the potential to be one of the most interesting things I studied at UQ, but ended up being the most boring subject I've ever taken.
That said, in the course co-ordinators defence, both him and my tutor were very approachable, helpful and happy to answer questions to help with assessment, blackboard was always up to date,
It's beyond me as to how the previous reviewer struggled so much with an engaging and well-presented course like this one. Frank is a friendly and engaging lecturer and the course goes in deep as to the workings of the EU and the pertinent IR theory. Any assumptions they had about the course being about things other than largely the EU could have been averted by reading the ECP.
I really felt like I learnt a lot from the course and am now knowledgable on the topic - if you want to learn more about the EU (and not suffer an exam), this course is excellent.
Possibly the worst politics course I've taken thus far at UQ. It says European Political Issues but it really means The EU: How it is Exactly as Boring as it Sounds. You don't delve into any political issues beyond how the EU works and why it functions the way it does. The course does not bring up anything remotely interesting and the readings are so specific and complex that it is very difficult to follow.