Why this programme?
The bachelor's programme in European Studies originated from one core idea: It is impossible to understand modern-day Europe and European integration from the perspective of only one discipline. Take the ongoing economic crisis as an example. This crisis can never be fully understood from an economic or financial perspective alone. In order to understand what is happening and to grasp how the European Union responds to this crisis, we also need to analyse the historical developments and different political and cultural backgrounds of European countries that are cooperating to manage the crisis.
Societal and political challenges can only be understood in the broader socio-cultural contexts. Politics, law or economics alone are not enough to solve the European 'puzzle'. Therefore, European Studies adopts an interdisciplinary approach, combining insights and methods from political science, history, international relations, law, economics, philosophy, and sociology.
The big questions of Europe and the EU
In the European Studies programme, you will explore the answers to questions such as:
- What is Europe and how do we define it?
- How has Europe’s history shaped the continent?
- What impact does the integration process have on Europe’s cultural diversity?
- How has the disappearance of internal European borders changed border regions?
- What is the relationship between European institutions and national governments?
How does European legislation affect our daily lives?
- Does the elected European Parliament have enough power to exercise democratic control over Europe’s governance?
- What role can a united Europe play in international politics?
Note from the Programme Director on Brexit:
Why study European Studies in times of crisis?
For this programme you'll need:
- a broad interest in European culture, history and politics
- an interest in our interdisciplinary approach
- self-discipline and excellent time-management skills
- a critical mind with a broad academic orientation
- good knowledge of the English language (we advise CEFR C1)
- to enjoy interacting with students from different nationalities
- to be attracted to the small-scale and interactive character of the teaching system