840025 :European Labor Law and Social Policy (Liberal Arts)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and active workshops (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: paper and written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. S. Bekker (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course aims at developing a deeper understanding about the EU's competences and practices in developing and implementing labour law and social policies. It actively discusses common European challenges and the options to transfer these challenges into common European goals. To the extent that national responses are given, students will learn to interpret these answers in the context of methods of European coordination and governance. Ample attention will be devoted to the impact of the crisis on the goals and governance methods of the EU. The lectures combine a theoretical approach to Europeanization and governance with empirical scrutiny of the EU's coordination of social policies and the practices and the responses of several member states. Students will thus learn what impact the EU has on national labour law and social policy affairs.

More specific objectives:

  • Describe and interpret academic articles and Treaty regulations concerning Europeanisation, EU labour law and governance, employment and social policies. Relate these articles to the state of Social Europe;
  • Know and understand the difference between hard and soft law in the context of labour and social policies and recognise the differences in the cases presented in class;
  • Understand, apply and analyse national social policy and labour law issues "in action" by exploring the relations between the EU and a specific member state;
  • Explain and interpret the meaning of EU coordination and legislation for important employment and social policy topics and draw conclusions on the state of Social Europe as signalled by the response of member states to the overall goals and coordination methods of the EU.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course departs from the challenges and opportunities arising from the shared responsibility of the EU and its member states concerning labour law and social policy. It deals with the division of competences in this area as well as the interaction between EU labour law and social policies on the one hand and national labour law and social policies on the other hand. It encompasses European standards as well as soft law coordination in employment and social policy fields and reflects upon the relation between hard and soft law steering and the different responsibilities member states have under the different governance methods. Students are challenged to explore how member states deal with these EU level targets in their own policy responses. In addition, the role of European labour law at EU level will be explored, including the most relevant case law.

To explore the actual relation between the EU and its member states, student will investigate the different policy cycles belonging to the Europe 2020 Strategy. They will closely follow and monitor the activities within the EU's annual European Semester and assess how these relate to national employment and social policies. Students will analyse the content of policies and responses of several member state and reflect upon the competences of the EU in defined areas, the governance methods in use. Then students will critically assess the response of the member state(s) to the EU's targets.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The final grade is based on a paper (60%) and an exam (40%).

For non-LAS students, the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Tessa Leesen (t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu) at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Literature is placed on blackboard, at times with references to data sources on the Internet.

Gewenste voorkennis

All students with a general interest in EU affairs are welcome

Vereiste voorkennis

All students with a general interest in EU affairs are welcome

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )