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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 a political science perspective. It draws on a variety of theories of European integration and disintegration to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day practices of these institutions and the way they influence the policy-making process of the European Union.

Course objectives

Through this course the students will acquire

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

  • Experience with research on and analysis of decision-making processes inside key European institutions;

  • An insight into 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


  • Active participation: 20%

  • Group presentation: 30%

  • 2 policy briefs: each 25%


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


A resit is only available if the student fails the course as a whole. A 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

A reading list will be made available via Brightspace for all enrolled students at the beginning of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


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

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


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