Introduction to European Governance

Provided by: Tilburg
Bachelor's degree (EQF level: 6)

After the completion of this course, students should be able to:
Explain the historical background to and the impact of European integration on (multi-level) governance processes;
Analyze the political dynamics involved in European governance processes, using mainstream theories;
Apply knowledge acquired on the way European institutions and policies work, in terms of both effectiveness and legitimacy, to concrete cases;
Search for, select and process policy, legal and other type of data/ information needed to analyze concrete cases;
Follow and take part in debates about European governance in academia and society, and to do so in an unprejudiced way and on the basis of knowledge and facts;
Build, present and defend well-substantiated arguments about EU integration and European politics and concrete cases thereof.

European integration is a reality within all levels of public administration, in The Netherlands as well as in other European countries. 'Brussels' is not merely another level on top of these levels, and it is therefore not sufficient to know how the EU's institutions and policies work as such. Because Dutch or national public administration is also European public administration, it is necessary to understand how European governance works, and to juxtapose it to governance as part of national systems. What is similar? What is different? To what extent can concepts and theories from public administration and political science to study national systems also be used to make sense of European public administration and politics?

This course provides an introduction to the nuts and bolts of the European Union, its institutions, policies and European(ized) governance, but does so at a high level, requiring a good amount of self-study and pro-activeness of students when it comes to obtaining basic knowledge. The focus of the course is then on applying this knowledge, learning how to find the (policy, legal etc.) information needed to make sense of concrete cases. The ultimate aim is to make students aware of the essentials of the European context of public administration, including its political dynamics, at various levels of governance. Through abundant use of real-life examples and concrete cases, students will have the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of the practice of European(ized) governance.

  • Block 2 2022/23 (from to )

    Course start date 2022-10-24
    Course end date 2022-12-23
    Language English
    Credits 6 (ECTS)
    Grading scheme: Grades will be awarded on a 10 point scale where 6 is the passing grade