Accueil > The politics of brexit


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no formal pre-requisites for this course although students should have a basic knowledge of the institutions and politics of the European Union.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the complex issue of the United Kingdom's recent decision to leave the European Union, colloquially known as Brexit. It will approach the topic from a wide range of perspectives. These include elements such as the history of the UK's ties to the European Union, a discussion of the country's political system, or the political stakes in policy areas such as international trade or migration policy. By the end of the course students will not only have broadened their knowledge on the issue of Brexit itself, but will also have gained an understanding of its links to other current issues in domestic and international politics.


SCHADE, Daniel D. (Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations, Vienna School of International Studies)

Pedagogical format

This course will be based on a series of lectures to introduce key issues and concepts. These will be accompanied by more interactive sessions consisting of group presentations, discussions and a final simulation exercise of talks between the EU-27 and the UK.

Course validation

Two thirds of the final grade will be based on continuous presence and participation in class, the group presentations, and a short mid-term quiz. The remainder of the grade will be based on a final examination.


Regular readings, a group presentation and preparation for the negotiation simulation.

Required reading

Given the contemporary nature of the course subject up-to-date readings will be assigned one week prior to the beginning of classes.