After the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Explain the historical background to and the impact of European integration on (multi-level) governance processes;
- Analyze the political dynamics involved in European governance processes, using mainstream theories;
- Apply knowledge acquired on the way European institutions and policies works, in terms of both effectiveness and legitimacy, to concrete cases;
- Search for, select and process policy, legal and other type of data/ information needed to analyze concrete cases;
- Follow and take part in debates about European governance in academia and society, and to do so in an unprejudiced way and on the basis of knowledge and facts;
- Build, present and defend well-substantiated arguments about EU integration and European politics and concrete cases thereof.
European integration is a reality within all levels of public administration in The Netherlands. It could even be argued that ‘Brussels’ is one of those levels and, vice versa, Dutch public administration is also European public administration. This course provides an introduction to the nuts and bolts of the EU, its institutions and European(ized) governance, but does so at a high level, requiring a good amount of self-study and pro-activeness of students. The focus of the course is then on applying this knowledge, learning how to find the (policy, legal etc.) information needed to make sense of concrete cases. The ultimate aim is to make students aware of the essentials of the European context of public administration, including its political dynamics, at various levels of governance. Through abundant use of examples and cases, students will have the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of the practice of European(ized) governance.
The course is taught in English to enable exchange students or foreign students to follow this course. The written exam and paper assignment are in English.
Type of instruction:
individual feedback meetings
Type of exams:
Written exam (60%)
Paper assignment (40%)