EUR3413 - Governing Europe: Societal Actors, Networks and Lobbying


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Who governs Europe? What other actors, beyond the EU member states and institutions, are involved in day-to-day policy-making in Brussels? Who lobbies the EU and its institutions? Why, how and under which conditions are these societal/non-state actors able to influence EU law and policies? What normative questions does their involvement into the European legislative process raise with regards to transparency and democracy in the EU? Should the activities of lobby groups be regulated? The course adopts an interdisciplinary, actor-centred perspective to examine the changing role of a variety of societal/non-state actors in EU politics over time up to the present day. The course first focusses on the growth and role of various societal actors such as political parties, business groups, trade unions and interest groups. It then deals with interest representation in the EU. It explores in particular the actual involvement, strategies and influence of societal actors in lobbying the EU.

Learning outcome

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


Candidates have

  • basic knowledge of the varieties of non-state actors and their role and functions in EU politics
  • detailed knowledge of interest representation, lobbyism and lobbying strategies carried out by these actors
  • good understanding of the lobbying process
  • basic knowledge of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of societal actors in the EU
  • good understanding of key normative issues raised in contemporary debates by societal actors involved in EU governance and lobbying


Candidates are able to

  • describe and explain how and why societal actors are involved in EU politics
  • theoretically and methodologically analyse how different actors carry out their activities in the EU
  • to participate in empirically and theoretically informed debates on the EU and lobbying
  • to write a concrete lobbying strategy and reproduce the lobbying process

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, with active student participation. In groups: Students must submit and pass the lobbying strategy paper. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lobbying strategy (group assignment)

Further on evaluation

Individual term paper (graded). In the event of a legitimate absence or a failed exam, students can apply to the Department of Historical Studies for re-sitting the examination the following semester. Students who have obtained a passing grade but wish to improve their grade have to register for class and sit the ordinary exam when the course is taught. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR3402 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • European Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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





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Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
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