EUR1001 - Introduction to the European Union


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written 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

Students will
- 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,
- be familiar with core concepts such as supranationalism and intergovernmentalism,
- understand the relationship between the EU and its member states.

Students will be able
- to analyse the role of EU institutions in making policy and legislation,
- to utilise knowledge about the EU in discussions pertaining to EU institutions, policy areas and policy-formation,
- to analyse critically the implications of the EU as a supranational political system,
- to utilise and communicate concisely the acquired knowledge of the EU in relevant contexts,
- be able to 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 7 logbook entries in order to sit for the written exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • 7 logbook entries, each approx. 1 page

Further on evaluation

Exam registration requires that class registration and compulsory assignments are approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2018-12-19 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100
  • * 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.