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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 from a political and political science point of view. Since its start in the fifties, the EU has evolved into an ever more important multilevel system of integration and cooperation – 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 actors and procedures and the dynamics of the integration process. The focus of the course is in particular on the role of the EU-institutions and their interplay, and on 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 (attendance is compulsory): 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%
    Students can only participate in the final exam if the seminars have been attended.


In order to be eligible for the resit, students have to have failed the course.

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 organized.


Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

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


Via uSis.

Contact information

Prof. Dr. J.Q.Th. Rood