The European Studies Programme offers three specialisations:
- European Public Policy and Administration
- European Politics and International Relations
- Europe in a Globalising World
European Public Policy and 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
European Politics and 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 European 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.
- Learn about the establishment of the EU as an international actor as a result of its various external relations
- 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)
- Develop professional skills, such as policy research, negotiation techniques, presentation skills, small-group project work
Europe in a Globalising World
This specialisation focuses on the changing global environment and relations between Europe and the rest of the world. You will address contemporary problems like international migration and international development, and what they imply for Europe, neighbouring countries and the Global South. The specialisation is anchored in international relations and comparative politics. You will look at EU relationships with other (emerging) global players and other regional organisations. The relations between Europe and the rest of the world are studied against the backdrop of a growing interdependence between countries, but also the global power shift characterised by the rise of the BRICS, and contemporary problems resulting from insecurity and conflict.
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. This specialisation is as much about the rest of the world as it is about Europe.
- Learn about globalisation and the changing global environment to critically assess the development and migration policies of the EU, the EU member states and of non- European countries
- Analyse Europe's relationship with other (emerging) global players and regional organisations to interpret European policies in a global context
- Develop professional skills to conduct policy analysis and evaluation and action research, which seeks to make academic research also of value for wider society