Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies. Or the European Politics and Society Joint Master Programme
This course aims at analysing EU policies and initiatives in the field of Justice and Home Affairs and at understanding the processes at the basis of their development. The course will engage participants in an in-depth study of the different aspects of the “Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice” (AFSJ): JHA policy concepts, actors involved in this field, policy-making processes, cooperation mechanisms and theoretical frameworks allowing us to understand this area. The course has been designed to provide students with the necessary tools to take informed positions in academic and policy-oriented debates about the AFSJ.
Having successfully completed the course, students will be familiar with the main legal questions that arise in the context of the AFSJ. In terms of skills, the students will be able to find sources (judgments, secondary legislation) and to identify the important elements of these sources. The Moot Courts furthermore enables them to use their academic skills, by applying researched knowledge to specific cases and train their oral and organisational skills by pleading in groups.
The timetable is available on the website.
Mode of instruction
Lecture and group assignments.
Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours
Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars (attendance is compulsory): 4 hours per week x 7 weeks = 28 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature: 76 hours
Time to write the papers (including reading / research): 36 hours
Course participation (20%), participation in a Moot Court (20%);
Research paper (60%).
The paper will only be marked if the student has attended the seminars.
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
Retake paper: resubmit three weeks after the grade has been issued. In order to be eligible for the retake paper, students have to have failed the course.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for this course.
A reading list will be distributed before the start of the course.