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Institutions of the EU


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master EUS


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

Assessment method

  • Joint presentation plus paper 40%

  • Written exam 60%


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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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See also: registration and admission requirements for the Master EUS

Contact information

Prof. Dr. J. Rood.