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Political Processes in the European Union


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester

Elective Courses




The European Union represents a unique model of regional integration between sovereign states and is an important player in international relations. It is therefore useful for students enrolled in the Master in International Relations or in International Security to get acquainted with its institutions, decision-making processes, main policies, challenges and opportunities. This course aims to provide students with the analytical tools and practical skills required to understand how the EU works, the challenges it faces, and the solutions it can bring. The students will acquire skills and knowledge through a mix of interactive sessions, practical case studies, students’ presentations, simulation exercises and direct interaction with EU officials.


  • 10% - Participation: Students’ involvement and participation throughout the course will be closely monitored by the instructors. Students are invited to participate individually and in group activities or exercises, 10%
  • 20% Mid-term exam: Q&A test on the first part of the course (session 1 to 6)
  • 30% Oral Presentation: Problem based methodology. Students will work in group and they are asked to prepare one public presentation by selecting a problem/issues related to the contents of the course. The evaluation of the presentations will take into account both the structure and relevance of information provided in the presentation as well as the clarity in the oral explanation and apt time management.
  • 40% Final Exam: Final exam can include questions and exercises that test your abilities in three important areas of competency: the amount of information you master; the accuracy of the information you present; and the significance you ascribe to the facts and ideas you have integrated across your study in this course.

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)