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Attacking Global Problems at EU level


Admission requirements

This course is only available for participants of the Honours Track Tackling Global Challenges by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague.


The focus of this course will be on the way the EU attacks global problems. In this module the two central policy areas are (1) Asylum and Migration policies and (2) the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. These policy areas will be taught by academic lecturers of Leiden University and experts from ministries and the national rapporteur on trafficking in human beings. The last part of the module will prepare for the “Grande Finale” of the module, a EU simulation game in which all students will represent a minister of a EU member state and were they need to come to a compromise text by that is acceptable for all delegations.

Course objectives

When students have successfully participated in this module, they:

  • Theoretically understand global problems

  • Understand the formal and informal rules on the European level

  • Understand the development of vision at EU level

  • Have experienced the way of working in het EU policymaking arena.

  • Are able to independently analyze issues, critically examine books and research reports in scientific journals

  • Are able to write a review about a scientific book,

  • Are able to contribute one’s own insights in a clear and structured manner both orally and in writing


2019, semester 2, 1 preparatory lecture
Wednesday, Febr 6 19.00-21.00 Preparatory lecture: a short Introduction of the EU institutions
Wednesday, Febr 13 18.30-21.30 Part 1: The - informal - EU decision making procedures - Part 2: Multi level governance
Wednesday, Febr 20 19.00-21.00 History of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
Wednesday, March 6 19.00-21.00 Bilateral and multilateral negotiations and individual questionnaire
Wednesday, March 20 19.00-21.00 Europe's fight against terrorism
Wednesday, April 3 19.00-21.00 Asylum and migration policies in the EU
Wednesday, April 17 17.00 – 19.00 Excursion
Wednesday, April 17 19.00 - 21.00 Security cooperation in the EU: state of the art
Wednesday, April 24 19.00-21.00 Human Trafficking (HT) in the EU with insights from the national
reporter on Trafficking Human Beings
Wednesday, May 8 14.00-20.00 Negotiations EU Parliament

Mode of instruction

The course is taught in seminar format. Four guests will be invited, all of them with expertise of Asylum and Migration (related to the EU). The seminars are interactive. One of the seminars is devoted to a excursion, followed by a guest lecture. The EU simulation game will be played in the last seminar that will take 6 hours including food and drinks.

Course Load

Total study load is 140 hours, of which contact hours including the preparation lecture: 28 hours.
Self-study hours: 112 hrs. preparing for lectures and, studying literature, completing assignments, preparing presentations, etc.

Assessment method

Book review (1/10), diplomatic paper (2/10) and final paper (5/10), participation in lectures (2/10).

NB. The final grade is the weighted average of the book review, the diplomatic paper, the final paper and participation in the lessons. Important: in order to receive a final grade, students must have earned a minimum grade of 5.50 for the review, papers and participation.


Students will be enrolled in the Blackboard environment of this course by the coordinator of the Honours Track. Information and announcements about the course will be published on Blackboard and/or sent by U-mail.

Reading list

Required books:

  • John McCormick (2011), Understanding the European Union. A concise Introduction, (4rth or 5th edition).

  • Christian Egenhofer, Sebastian Kurpas, Piotr Kaczynski en Louise van Schaik (2011). The Ever-Changing Union, an introduction to the history, institutions and the decision-making processes of the European Union. Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.


By the Honours Coordinator Annette Righolt.


Teacher: Rob Boudewijn
Honours Programme coordinator: Annette Righolt