Netherlands, Maastricht

Law and Politics, Current Topics in the European Union

when 25 July 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 900

This course is targeted at students particularly interested in exploring the history and development of European integration. In an ever globalising world increasing interaction between states is becoming more and more important. The European Union is unique in that regard and provides an interesting topic of study for anyone interested in gaining more understanding in the ways in which European states interact politically, economically and culturally. Within that context, students are introduced to the history and politics of the integration process, the main EU institutions and institutional processes, the nature and effect of the law of the European Union, and some of the most prominent policies of the European Union today. More specifically, the course addresses a number of different topics starting with the history of European integration, followed by an examination of the composition, role and powers of the institutions in the European Union. Secondly, the course takes a closer look at the law of the European Union adressing issues such as the main areas of competence of the European Union, the decision-making process and the unique status of EU law within the legal systems of the Member States. In addition, some of the main policy areas of the European Union will alse be examined. Finally addressed are the attitudes of the different Member States to the European integration process, the enlargement process and the possible future of the EU integration process. The course will include a field trip.

Course leader

Stelios Charitakis

Target group

This course is aimed at students majoring in Law, Political Science, and International Relations, but open to other interested students who are be able to demonstrate they meet the prerequisites. The prerequisites for participation are an introductory course in law, political science or international relations. Students should have a basic understanding of the European Union as a supranational organisation, its institutions and main areas of competence. Pre-readings are available for interested students who meet the prerequisites but lack a basic understanding of the EU. In addition, students should have a good command of the English language (active and passive).

Course aim

By the end of the course students will have in depth knowledge of: • History of European integration and possible outcomes • the institutions of the European Union (including the Commission, Council, Eu • the decision-making process of the European Union • the competences of the European Union • the nature and effect of the law of the European Union • the internal market • EU Enlargement / Member States' attitudes.

Fee info

EUR 900: Course fee only.


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