This is a stand-alone AS course, taken through the AQA Examining Authority. This means that there is not a full A level. So the subject is very useful for those students who are looking for a fourth AS level, that they do not continue to A level.
What does European Studies consists of?
Essentially the subject looks at the how and why the European Union has come about. It is about the role of the European Union in our lives and the way that it may develop into the future.
This means that European Studies covers a wide range of themes, ranging from Politics, Economics, Sociology and with some History and Geography to set the story of the European Union in its proper place.
There is a single three-hour paper that examines the three Assessment Units at one sitting.
European Institutions, Treaties and Security
The Topics covered in St Michael 's are the Treaties that have created the European Union;
The Treaty of Rome, The Single European Act, The Maastricht Treaty, The Amsterdam Treaty and the Treaty of Nice.
European Security covers the political and strategic issues since the collapse of the Soviet Union, The Re-unification of Germany, The War in Yugoslavia and the changing role of NATO.
Policies and Change in Europe
Here we examine the major areas in which the European Union is involved;Agriculture, including the Common Agricultural Policy Industry; declining industries and the help given to the regions, plus the growth of new industries such as electronics and telecommunications. Tourism in Europe examines the types of tourism, its growth and its impact in areas where tourism is a significant part of the local or national economy.
Key Issues affecting the European Union
In this Unit we examine two of the major issues impacting on Europe. The Enlargement of the European Union and The Environment.
There is no coursework in European Studies and all assessment is by Terminal Examination.