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Institutions of the EU


Admission requirements

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


During this course the focus will be on the functioning of the EU’s institutions and the methods of decision-making within the EU. Since its start in the fifties, the EU has evolved into an ever more important multilevel system of integration – important, both in terms of its capacity of decision-making and its scope of policies. During the course the students will be provided with an understanding of the (institutional) structure of the EU and its functioning by studying the most important theories regarding the dynamics of the integration process, in particular with regard to the role of the EU-institutions and their interplay and the balance between the EU-institutions and the member states.



Course objectives

After following this course students will have a better understanding of the institutions of the EU, their historical development, their functioning and their interrelationships.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, joint presentations and joint papers

Course Load

  • Total course load for the course: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 2 hours per week x 14 weeks = 28 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 112 hours

Assessment method

  • Joint presentation plus paper 50%

  • Written exam 50%

Resit exam: January 2015. In order to be eligible for the resit, students have to have participated in the midterm and the final exam and have to have failed the course.


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Reading list

Neill Nugent, The government and politics of the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 (7th edition)


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Contact information

Prof. Dr. J. Rood.