Maastricht, Netherlands

Law and Politics, Current Topics in the European Union

when 29 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 998

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 (EU) 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.

Course leader

Stylianos Charitakis (Ph.D.)

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 fundamental understanding of democratic norms, the rule of law and the functioning of state governments. Students should also 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, European Council, European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union);
- 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 European economic and monetary Union;
- The internal market.

Fee info

EUR 998: Tuition fee


No scholarships are available for this course.