6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6007610EEW for working students in the 1st semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Political Science
Educational team
Jamal Shahin (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

This course aims to provide EuroMaster students (of all backgrounds and following both specializations) with a solid basis for pursuing their interest, be it in the economic aspects of European integration or in the political and social dimensions of the Union. The point of departure is that students need to acquire a solid enough basis in EU policy-making as to allow them to understand ANY development at the EU level. By the end of course, students should mainly:

  • understand the basic principles of EU policy-making
  • know how the legal and institutional framework of the Union evolved over time, from the founding Treaties to the Treaty of Lisbon
  • have a thorough understanding of how law is made, implemented and enforced at the EU level
  • be comfortable in using the most essential EU-relevant legal and policy concepts
  • be familiar with the policy areas discussed in class
  • be able to follow and understand debates on policy developments in the EU
Course material
Digital course material (Required) : The European Union Transformed, Devuyst
Additional info

The readings will be provided in electronic format to the students via the e-learning platform. No reader is required, but students who wish to deepen their knowledge or need more background materials will receive book recommendations.

Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The student has interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of

  • selected state of the art theory, concepts, research and scientific debates on the European Union and its integration process
  • the economic, political, legal and cultural evolution as well as the main challenges of the European integration process
  • the EU’s modes of governance, institutions, policy processes, practices and instruments

The student is familiar with the ‘state – (civil) society’ relations in the EU and is able to relate these relationships to theories, scientific literature and policy debates


The student develops in

  • thinking conceptually and critically about developments and policy debates in and on the European union
  • constructively challenging the fashionable and dominant theories and explanations about European integration
  • constructing his/her own position independently and free of pre-dispositions
  • to independently acquire further knowledge on and work with demanding issues on the European integration process, to act in a multi-cultural setting for the further development of a harmonious international society.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Assignments with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Final grade will be a combination of the grades for the assignments throughout the semester.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of European Integration: Track 1: European Economy - Migration and Europe
Master of European Integration: Track 2: European Economy - European External Relations and Security Policy
Master of European Integration: Track 3: European Economy - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 4: Migration and Europe - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 5: European External Relations and Security Policy - Migration and Europe
Master of European Integration: Track 6: European Environmental Governance - European External Relations and Security Policy