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Understanding European Union Politics 2018

Summer School of , 10 ECTS
Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1460 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 692 EUR
From the outside, the European Union (EU) often gives the impression of being a messy political unit. Just think about the recent refugee crisis. Almost on a daily basis the public learned about new proposals to tackle the crisis from different politicians representing the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Parliament. While the Commission proposed a strategy to resettle refugees to share the burden across member states, many members of the European Council and the European Parliament disapproved the proposal. In general, it seems that decision-making at the EU level suffers because too many actors and institutions are involved in the process. Yet, the EU is also regarded as a successful political project that not only secured peace between European nation states but also increased the wealth of their societies. These contrasting experiences raise a fundamental question. Why is the EU tremendously successful in some areas, while it completely fails in others?

To answer the question, we take a close look at the history, institutions, decision-making processes, and policy areas of the EU. Using a variety of teaching and learning activities such as impulse lectures, panel discussions, policy simulations and quizzes this course offers a research-based and also applied insight into how the EU works. By the end of the course, participants know about the nature and role of the EU, its policy-making processes, and central institutions. In sum, participants gather important knowledge about the EU that they can use in future jobs or as a foundation for further specialization in EU politics.

Target audience
The course is open to Bachelor students with little or no prior knowledge about the EU.

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 23


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