6 ECTS credits
150 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 6007587FEW for working students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.
This course provides students in the Master programme in European Integration with a solid insight in the EU’s foundational principles and decision-making processes.
The approach to the course is multidisciplinary. Insights from history, economics, law and politics are indispensible to gain an understanding of the evolution of the European construction. During each class, relevant current events shall be highlighted and discussed.
Throughout the course, an active use will be made of the EU's primary law (i.e. EU Treaties) and secondary law (i.e. EU regulations, directives and decisions). Students shall be guided through such texts with a view of gaining the ability to read and interpret them independently.
The main subjects covered during the course are:
1. The basic principles underpinning the European Union’s political order (a law-based system – primary, secondary and tertiary EU law; principles of conferral, subsidiarity and proportionality; categories and areas of EU competence) 2. The historical development of European integration (from the European Coal and Steel Community to the Treaty of Lisbon; enlargement from the 6 to 28 Member States and beyond); 3. The EU's political system and decision-making (European Council; European Commission; Council of Ministers; European Parliament; the interaction between these institutions and the outcome of EU
decision-making: regulations, directives, decisions, delegated acts and implementing acts; interest representation/lobbying during the law-making process); 4. The EU and the world (brief introduction to external trade policy and CFSP).
Students take note during the lectures. No powerpoints are used as they tend to prevent interactivity and on the spot adaptation of the course content, which is often needed in a course treating a subject that is in full evolution. Students are actively encouraged to bring up points for discussion or for further explanation.
Students should bring to class the consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. These two Treaties constitute the basis of the course and will be used on a permanent basis.
Students who wish to have additional guidance are recommended to use Neill Nugent, The Government and Politics of the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan). During the first class, a detailed course overview is distributed that indicates the chapters that are relevant for this course.
It is expected that students compose their own study material, based on an integration of the lectures and class discussions, and the Treaty texts (possibly supplemented by the relevant parts of the recommended book).
To guide the students in this exercise, the list of questions with which they can be confronted during the final exam is distributed during the first class. Instead of assimilating a "ready-made" book, the idea is that students participate in an active manner in the exercise of structuring their replies and distilling the essence out of a mass of information. As such, they "learn to learn".
The learning objectives and examination requirements are identical for both variants of the course.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
PRAC Presentation determines 50% of the final mark.
Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the PRAC Presentation category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Exam: written + oral exam
Students take a final exam at the end of the semester (usually on a Saturday).
Possible exam questions are distributed to the students during the first day of classes. Students thus have an entire semester to prepare themselves and gather the elements to answer the questions. Each of the exam themes is also discussed in class.
The exam is structured as follows:
The grade is calculated on the basis of the written paper, and can be adjusted in light of the oral clarifications provided by the student.
Examples of exam questions:
Students can obtain a bonus point (+1) by submitting a short report on two books from a reading list distributed at the start of the semester.
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of European Integration: Track 1_Economic Integration: European Economy - Migration and Europe
Master of European Integration: Track 2_Economic Integration: European Economy - European External Relations and Security Policy
Master of European Integration: Track 3_Economic Integration: European Economy - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 4_European Politics and Social Integration: Migration and Europe - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 5_European Politics and Social Integration: European External Relations and Security Policy - Migration and Europe
Master of European Integration: Track 6_European Politics and Social Integration: European Environmental Governance - European External Relations and Security Policy