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Understanding the Europeau Union

Summer School of Political Science, EU, 10 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1360 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 552 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 one could hear contrary statements about how to tackle the crisis from different EU politicians representing the 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. Hence, it appears that decision-making and problem-solving in the EU suffers, as too many actors and institutions are involved in the process. Yet, the EU is also regarded as a successful political project which not only secured peace between EU member states but also increased the wealth of their societies.

This raises several questions. Why is the EU tremendously successful in some areas, while it completely fails in others? How is one to understand such discrepancies? To answer these questions we take a close look at the 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 but applied insight into how the EU works.

By the end of the course participants know about the nature and role of the EU, comprehend EU policy-making processes and are familiar with the central institutions of the EU. In sum, participants gather important knowledge about the EU which they can use in future jobs or as a foundation for further specialization in EU politics.

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 04


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