EUR1001 - Introduction to the European Union


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

What is the European Union (EU)? How does it work? What are the main EU policy-making bodies? How do member states relate to the EU institutions? How do EU institutions interact and work with one another? In what fields does the EU produce public policy? The EU is a complex, unique organization that is neither a state, a federation nor an international organisation like, for instance, the Council of Europe, the United Nations or NATO. This course is an introduction to the political system of the EU and provides a detailed overview of the various institutions, their interactions and the way they make policy. It also offers a broad survey of key policies of the European Union, such as Economic and Monetary Union, Common Agricultural Policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy, etc. The course discusses the institutional set-up of the EU, EU policy making processes and policy areas.

Learning outcome

Successful candidates are expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:



  • have a basic understanding of the political system of the EU
  • have a basic knowledge of the EU's institutional structure and workings, including the main EU institutions and how they make policy
  • have a basic knowledge of EU policy fields
  • are familiar with core concepts such as supranationalism and intergovernmentalism
  • understand the relationship between the EU and its member states


Students are able to

  • analyse the role of EU institutions in making policy and legislation
  • utilise knowledge about the EU in discussions pertaining to EU institutions, policy areas and policy-formation
  • analyse critically the implications of the EU as a supranational political system
  • utilise and communicate concisely the acquired knowledge of the EU in relevant contexts
  • assess critically the reliability and validity of public information about EU institutions, their interaction and EU policy formation

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group sessions. Logbook. Students must submit and pass 3 logbook entries in order to sit for the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

All 3 log book entries must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Required previous knowledge

No previous knowledge about the EU or EU studies required.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • European Studies and Foreign Languages
  • European Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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