To provide students with knowledge of EU institutions and decision-making procedures
To enable students to understand the fundamental logics and elements of EU law
To enable students to analyze and discuss the democratic dimensions of European integration
The module gives in-depth knowledge of the European Union (EU), what it is, how it works and how it relates to Member States and society. The module will focus on four aspects: 1) approaches to understanding the nature of the EU; 2) the development as well as the central content of EU law including the decision-making procedures; 3) the institutions of the EU, their tasks, organization, and the relations between the institutions, as well as between the institutions and the Member States; and 4) the democratic dimension of EU politics. The module also introduces digital platforms and tools providing knowledge about EU institutions and decision-making processes.
theories and practices within the fields of EU law, institutions and decision-making procedures
democracy, legitimacy and Europeanization, as well as various approaches to the study of these.
can identify and understand fundamental logics of EU law and EU institutions
can reflect upon democratic dimensions of the European integration process
can apply knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories.
can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge
are able to apply theory to empirical data and analyze problem issues within the field of EU studies
can communicate succinctly and precisely about key elements of EU law and EU institutions to a targeted audience
can use digital tools to identify and analyze key elements of EU institutions and decision-making processes.
The module consists of lectures, seminars and exercises.
|Name of exam||EU Polity and Politics|
|Type of exam|
Oral examThe examination for EU Polity and Politics is an internally assessed individual oral examination. The examination will take the form of a conversation between the student and the examiners about a question posed within the syllabus of the module.
Duration of examination: 20 min, including grading and announcement of result.
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||EU Polity and Politics|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|