25 August 2023
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European Policy and Governance
Have you ever wondered how the European Union exactly works? Would you like to know which actors make and/or influence the policies and legislation in the EU? Then look no further! This summer school will introduce you to European Union policy-making. Together with you and the other participants, we will discuss and analyse the policy-making processes, the resulting European legislation and how that legislation impacts the politics, economies and societies of the EU member states.
In the beautiful Dutch city of Groningen, a mix of academics and guest speakers will present you with a crash-course overview of European politics. By means of lectures, seminars, group discussions, individual readings, practical exercises, case studies and presentations you will be able to comprehend and analyse the European Union’s policy-making process and its legislative outcomes.
Although the summer school is aimed at teaching a crash-course overview of European politics for students from other disciplines than International Relations and/or European Studies, enthusiastic students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Additionally, the summer school is open to young professionals interested in European affairs.
The building blocks of the summer school are:
* Lectures on EU legislation as outcomes of decision-making by the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament as well as on the domestic impact of EU directives and regulations in the member states.
* Practical exercises in which participants process-trace European legislative policy outcomes (upward) and their Europeanization impact for states and their citizens (downward).
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Dr. Harryvan is Jean Monnet Chair and associate professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a senior member of the ‘European Politics in a Global Perspective’ group within the successful diploma courses at
The summer school focuses on higher education students as well as young professionals who want to increase their knowledge of EU policy and governance. Students of all levels of higher education are invited to apply for the summer school (final year BA/MA/PhD/Postdoc). We specifically welcome those without prior knowledge on the topic. Enthusiasts from all academic and professional disciplines are welcome.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language that allows them to participate actively in the discussions and present their own work.
- You will comprehend the European Union’s policy-making process and its legislative outcomes.
- You will be able to analyse the coming into existence of EU directives and regulations and their contents as products of various political actors: governments of member-states, the European Commission, the European Parliament, international and non-governmental organizations.
- You will be able to analyse the transposition of EU legislation in the national legal frameworks of its member-states and the resulting impact on the latters’ political, legal, economic and social life.
- You will be able to use a variety of internet sources to conduct research in EU policy-making as well as its Europeanization effects on the EU member-states and beyond.
Ca 40 hours
EUR 400: Course fee for students.
This include the application fee, study materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunches, welcome drinks/dinner and goodbye drinks. Other expenses, such as other meals, accommodation, visa, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town) are not included in the price.
EUR 500: Course fee for practitioners
Course fees include the application fee, study materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunches, welcome drinks/dinner and goodbye drinks. Other expenses, such as other meals, accommodation, visa, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town) are not included in the price.
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