They can choose any of questions from each essays
Comparative EU politics
- Why has it been argued that national parliaments have responded to the exigencies of EU membership in an
‘incremental’ and ‘path-dependent manner’ (Dimitrakopoulos 2001)? Answer with reference to one EU member
state of your choosing.
- What does the ‘Europeanisation’ of national parties entail? Answer with reference to at least one country’s
parties of your choice.
- Discuss with reference to the country of your choice, the idea that membership of the EU entails the end of its
- Compare the impact of EU membership on the executive institutions of two countries of your choice.
5. Is it true that as much as 80 per cent of national legislation originates ‘from the EU’ in its member states?
The final mark for the module is the weighted average of the essay (which constitutes 25% of the final mark),
the exam (which constitutes 65% of the final mark) and the seminar mark (which constitutes 10% of the final
The required word length for the essay is 2,500 words (+/- 10%), including bibliography. Please do not go
beyond the maximum word limit; essays that breach this limit by more than 10% might have marks deducted or
might not be marked at all.
Please note that the essay accounts for 25% of the final module mark, so you have a strong incentive to work as
hard as you can on this coursework and to submit it on time.
WAR AND MODERN SOCIETY
How applicable is Clausewitz’s “trinitarian” conception of war to contemporary conflicts?
How did the nation-state emerge as the dominant political unit in the modern world?
To what extent is it accurate to describe contemporary Western societies as “militarised”?
Is it still possible to be a “warrior” today?
Why do soldiers kill?
What makes the Holocaust the model of a “modern” genocide?
Do nuclear weapons preserve peace?
Can humanitarian war ever live up to its ideals?
What is the purpose of terrorism and does it work?
How different are the civil wars of the post-Cold War era from those of the past?
Is technological change the primary motor of “revolutions in military affairs”?
In what sense does the global pursuit of “targeted killings” participate in a “disappearance of the battlefield”?
“If autonomous weapon systems can outperform human judgment in war and correspondingly reduce its human
toll, we should welcome their adoption.” Discuss.
Is so-called “hybrid war” just a case of “old wine in new bottles”?
With reference to at least two commemorative sites of war, perform a critical reading of the “politics of
memory” at work in each of them. [The use of accompanying images is encouraged