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EU Politics and Policy


In this course we focus on the European Union and its ever increasing importance as a multi level decision-making system involving the Union institutions, member state governments and a variety of other actors. The aim of the course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of the European Union by studying the following questions and themes:
-Why integration? The most important theories addressing European integration
-What is the role and impact of EU institutions? Institutions, decision-making procedures and their evolution.
-What are the most important EU policies and how do they .impact member states? The historical development and functioning of the EU policies. – Why enlarge? The European Union’s geographical expansion and the politics of enlargement

Dr. A. L. Dimitrova

Teaching format:
Lectures, guest lectures, debates
3 times working groups

Course material:

  • Cini Michelle, European Union Politics, Oxford University Press (3rd edition), if not available use the 2nd edition

Written exam (language either Dutch or English) and paper

Required level:

For minorstudents with the minor Law and Public Administration is it also possible to participate in the e-course in the fourth block.

Monday 6/2-19/3
11-13hr in SA-41

wgr 1 monday 13/2 from 15-18 hrs in SA-31, 27/2, 12/3 from 13-16 hrs; 27/2 in 5a29,12/3 in 1a41
wgr 2 monday 13/2 from 13-16 in OA28, 27/2,12,3 from 15-18 hrs in 1a15
wgr 3 thursday from 8-11 hrs 16/2, 1/3 en 15/3 in 1A33
wgr 4 thursday from 11-14 hrs 16/2 in TBA, 1/3 and 15/3 in 5A41

thursday 29/3 from 9-12 hrs in USC
Friday 8/6 from 9-12 hrs in USC