The European Studies Programme offers three specialisations:
European Politics & International Relations
This specialisation is about the EU as an international player. Trade, energy, the environment, finance, migration, and conflict – some issues are just too big for a single member state to tackle alone. You will look at how different countries – with their own interests, militaries, and diplomatic corps – come together to deal with common challenges. You will examine the types of ethical and practical issues underpinning international cooperation and conflict. Key themes include international relations theory and foreign policy analysis, insights from political economy, human rights law and other fields.
These issues have acquired new urgency with so much turmoil in the world, from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the instability in Ukraine to heightened economic cooperation among the BRICS countries. You will address issues of war and peace, trade and economic integration, environment and climate change, and more.
- Develop the ability to independently analyse EU external policies and the political, institutional and cultural context in which they were made
- Analyse the international role and behaviour of the EU using various theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks from international relations (rationalism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical approaches)
- Learn to master practical skills, such as policy research, negotiation techniques, presentation skills, small-group project work.
European Public Policy & Administration
This specialisation examines the notoriously complex and dynamic workings of the EU. From agenda setting and decision making to policy implementation and evaluation, from how power and influence work in Brussels to how EU policies are applied in the member states – this specialisation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at each step in the process of EU policymaking and governance. You will take part in a workshop on the transposition of European directives into national legislation, and you will examine the role of civil society in EU integration and policymaking. You will gain a thorough understanding of new modes of governance in the EU.
- Learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to practical, interdisciplinary case studies
- Develop the ability to critically appraise EU developments using conceptual insights from public policy studies
- Develop professional skills such as drafting of policy documents, rhetoric, negotiation and policy analysis and evaluation.
Europe in a Globalising World
This specialisation focuses on the EU’s role in global governance, addressing issues like international migration, international development, and how national, regional and international bodies can harness globalisation forces. The specialisation is anchored in international relations and comparative politics. You will look at EU relationships with other global players, international organisations and regional bodies and will examine international governance in the age of growing interdependence between countries, the global power shift characterised by the rise of the BRICS, and the growing role of non-state actors.
Special attention is paid to non-European perspectives on solutions to global challenges and to the institutions supporting global governance, particularly those devoted to cooperation between the EU and other international and regional organisations.
- Gain an overview of globalisation and learn to critically assess the development and migration policies of the EU, the EU member states and of non- European countries
- Develop the ability to analyse the EU’s relationship with other global players and to interpret European policies in a global context
- Develop the practical skills to conduct policy and action research, which seeks to make academic research also of value for wider society