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European Studies

General course design

We aim to offer both to our guest students from Chinese partner universities: a profound introduction to European integration and specialization on key aspects of the European Union. Therefore we invite interested to students to apply for one of the four specialized modules on: The Member States of the European Union; The EU in International Affairs; European Economic Affairs; The EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

Having been assigned to one of these modules, students will start by learning more on the history of the European integration process followed by an introduction to the EU's institutional architecture including decision-making procedures and European law. Moreover, seminar sessions will be devoted to the EU's role and competences in key policy areas such as the single market, the common currency area, foreign and security policy as well as justice and home affairs.

Though all modules cover these key topics of European integration, the courses diverge with regard to the remaining sessions that will shed light on their respective, specialized agenda. 


Specialized Modules

Module 1: The Member States of the European Union

This module analyses how member states operate within the multi-level system of the European Union. Specifically, it assess how the political, economic and societal systems of EU member states are affected by the European level and conversely exercise influence on it. Moreover, it will also be discussed how member states try to further their interests internationally through the EU.

Module 2: The EU in International Affairs

This module analyses the EU’s role as an actor in global political, security and economic affairs. A particular focus will be on development policy, European security and defence policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the transatlantic relationship as well as EU’s policy towards Asia.

Module 3: European Economic Affairs

This module provides an analysis of key aspects related to European economic integration. A particular focus will be on the implications of the Single Market for national economies, external trade policy, the European Monetary Union and the sovereign debt crisis, social and employment policies, as well as European science and technology policy.

Module 4: The EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Besides a general introduction on the European Union, this modules is dedicated to the anaylsis of the EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). The EU's AFSJ is a policy area that covers European policy-making on asylum, immigration policy, civil and criminal law matters, terrorism and police cooperation. It will be discussed how the EU is assisting or even superseding member states in tackling issues of migration, legal certainty and internal security.


The Future of European Integration

Students present the conclusions of the specialized modules to the other participants. Based on these findings and the results of the introductory modules, they discuss key factors that shape the future of European Union and jointly develop future scenarios of the European integration process.

Download: Syllabus 2019