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Politics of the EU



Purposes: 1. Familiarizing students with the most important theoretical approaches that are used to study European integration, including neo-functionalism, liberal intergovernmentalism and multi-level governance. 2. Providing an overview of European Union (EU) institutions and patterns of European integration in various policy areas and reporting on related developments in the form of an essay.

Content: This course familiarises students with theoretical approaches often used to study European integration and European politics, including neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism, liberal intergovernmentalism and multi-level governance. It provides an overview of European Union (EU) institutions and patterns of integration in various policy areas. We notably focus on the role of the European Council, the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament in EU decision-making and changes to these institutions due to the Treaty of Lisbon. In terms of substantive policy areas, a major focus is on developments in the area of economic, fiscal and monetary integration and on the EU’s role in international organisation.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures and discussion

Study Material

Lelieveldt, Herman and Sebastiaan Princen (2011), The Politics of the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Zimmermann, Hubert and Andreas Duer, eds. (2012), Key Controversies in European Integration. Houndmills, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.


You can register for an exam or retake through USIS until 10 days before the exam or retake.

The final grade for this course consists of two short assigments (10 percent each) and the final examination (80 percent).

First opportunity for an exam
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 13.00-16.00 hrs in the USC

Second opportunity for an exam
Monday 20 January 2014, 13.00-16.00 hrs in the USC



Tuesday 29 October until 10 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in SC01
Thursday 31 October until 12 December, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SC01