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European Studies

Institutions and Functioning of the European Union

This module covers key aspects of the EU’s institutional architecture including decision-making procedures and European law. A particular focus will be on the role of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Court of Justice, and the Council of the European Union.

Policy Fields of the European Union

This module provides an overview of the EU’s role and competences in key policy fields such as the single market, the common currency, foreign and security policy as well as justice and home affairs.

European Identity

This module addresses questions related to European identity. It discusses cultural and societal aspects of European integration, analyses the public opinion about the EU and examines the emergence of Euro-scepticism and populist movements across Europe.

II. Specialized Modules:

Course 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.

Course 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.

Course 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.

III. Wrap-up Module:

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.