nl en

Institutions of the European Union


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies.


This course analyses the functioning of core EU institutions from the perspective of political science. It draws on a variety of theories of integration and disintegration to build a better understanding of the day-to-day practices of these institutions and the way they influence the process of policy-making in the European Union.

Course objectives

Through this course the students will acquire

  • a clear understanding of the different theoretical perspectives on the process of European integration

  • experience with research and analysis of decision-making processes inside key European institutions

  • a good sense of the positions and influence of different national and transnational actors on the work of EU institutions.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method


The course requires the students to actively engage with the course material as well as to conduct and share their individual research. Your performance in the course will be graded according to the following components:


Active participation: 15%
Group presentation: 25%
Analysis of the policy process (group): 10%
Policy brief x2: 50%


Resit is available for the written components of the course only (policy briefs). The resit must be submitted within 2 weeks from the receipt of the failing grade.

Inspection and feedback

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.

Reading list

Please see the syllabus at Brightspace.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga


Not applicable