About the course

Course content

The course builds on the first semester of the programme, which focuses on European historical development, history of ideas and the history of the EU. The course aims to develop further the knowledge and abilities of the students in analyzing and understanding the structures of European Union (EU) decision making and to examine the global role of the EU. For this purpose theories of European integration, of the role and interaction of different EU institutions, as well as policy processes in these institutions, and of the role of the EU on the international arena, are studied.

European Studies II: The Governance of the European Union and its Role in the World is divided into two modules.

The first moduleThe Governance of the European Union (7,5 hp) – aims to provide the students with (a) an overview of the central theories explaining the integration and regionalization processes within the EU, (b) a theory based understanding of European governance, i.e. the institutional structure and the decision making processes of the EU, (c) theoretical tools to analyze topical events and key issues in European politics. Module 1 is concluded with a EU seminar (focusing the decision making processes of the EU) which gives the students the opportunity to apply their knowledge on a relevant empirical case.

The second moduleEU as a Global Actor (7,5 hp) – explores, both theoretically and empirically, the increasingly self-conscious presence of the European Union as an actor in world politics. To achieve this the students are familiarized with the development of the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and with different cases of foreign policy actions of the EU (e.g. enlargement and neighborhood policies, climate and sustainability policies, security and development policies). The course is concluded with an evaluation of how the presence of the EU affects the international system as a whole, against the background of the colonial history of Europe.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

ES100L: European Studies I (30 credits), at least 15 credits completed


University credits completed 100%

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