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Institutions of the European Union


Admission requirements

At least BSA (40 ects).


What is the European Union (EU) and how does it function? Who decides on the policies of the EU, who has the budgetary power, who makes EU legislation, and who ensures that EU law is observed? This and other questions will be addressed in an accessible and practical manner.

The purpose of this course is to lay the foundations for a better understanding of the EU and how it functions. To this end we will look at the principal institutions of the EU, their composition, powers, tasks, and the way they work together to achieve their collective mission set out in Article 13 of the Treaty on European Union. Moreover, we will discuss the EU’s main policies and how they influence the lives of its citizens.

Course objectives

The principal objectives of this course are to achieve a thorough understanding of:

  • the European Union, including its institutional framework and key policies;

  • the European Union’s increasing influence on the daily lives of its citizens.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


The final mark will be a combination of the following marks obtained during the classes, weighted in the following way: The final mark will be based on a midterm exam (40%), focusing on the content of the first block of the semester, and a final exam (60%), focusing on the second block. Course participants who do not achieve a passing mark as the final mark will be given the opportunity to take a retake exam, which will count 100%. The retake exam is representative of the whole course content.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Any course participant who has not passed the course is eligible for the resit.

Exam review

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 organised.

Reading list

To be announced before the course.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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Not applicable.