4 ECTS credits
100 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8021644INR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (I) Postgraduate - specialised level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Institute for European Studies
Educational team
Luk VAN LANGENHOVE (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
100 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

The “European Union Decision-making and Law” course offers an in depth analysis of the decision-making methods, according to policy fields, underlining the role of each EU institutions at the various stages of the process. The course also explains the nature and scope of European law. The main principles and characteristics of EU law are outlined and discussed. References to the relevant case law and Treaty articles are systematically provided throughout the module, with the aim of increasing the understanding of complex legal concepts. By the end of the course you will have a good grasp of how the main EU actors interact in the decision-making process and you will be able to correctly assess current developments in the European Union.

The course consists of the four following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to EU Decision-making and Law (The ‘Bigger Picture’)
  • Module 2: Legislative Procedures (Ordinary Legislative Procedure & Open Method of Coordination)
  • Module 3: General Aspects of EU Law
  • Module 4: Selected Case Studies
Additional info


Learning Outcomes

General Competencies

After completing this module, students should be able to:

  • be able to identify and discuss the different decision-making procedures;
  • be able to place the roles of the various EU institutions in the decision-making processes.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 60% of the final mark.
Other Exam determines 40% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written Exam with a relative weight of 60 which comprises 60% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Briefing Paper with a relative weight of 20 which comprises 20% of the final mark.
  • Seminar Assignments with a relative weight of 20 which comprises 20% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

A briefing paper that counts for 20% of the final grade is announced towards the end of the course (at the beginning of Module 4). Small seminar assignments count for 20%. The final written exam counts for the remaining 60%. The total in 100 points (or 100%).

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate European Policy Making: Default track