630027 :Introduction to European Governance (6 ECTS)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Plenary lectures
Case discussions
Simulation exercise
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (60%)
Paper assignment (40%)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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prof. dr. M.L.P. Groenleer (Coördinator)

prof. dr. A.C.M. Meuwese

Doel van de cursus

After the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the historical background to and impact of European integration on (multi-level) governance processes
  • Analyse the political dynamics involved in European governance process using mainstream theories
  • Apply knowledge acquired on the way European governance works, in terms of both effectivness and legitimacy, to concrete cases
  • Search for, select and process legal, administrative and other empirical information needed to analyse concrete cases
  • Follow and understand debates about European governance in academia and society
  • Build, present (in writing) and defend well-substantiated arguments about EU integration and European politics and concrete cases thereof

Inhoud van de cursus

European integration is a reality within all levels of public administration in The Netherlands. It could even be argued that ‘Brussels’ is one of those levels and, vice versa, Dutch public administration is also European public administration. This course provides an introduction on the essentials of the EU, its institutions and European(ized) governance, but does so at a high level, requiring a good amount of self-study and proactiveness of students. The main focus of the course is then on applying this knowledge, learning how to search for, select and process the (increasingly complex) legal and administrative information needed to analyse concrete cases. The ultimate aim is to make students aware of the intricacies of the European context, including its political dynamics, at various levels of governance. Students will have the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of the practice of European(ized) governance through teaching cases, a simulation and an excursion to Brussels.


The course is taught in English in case exchange students or foreign students wish to follow this course, otherwise it will be a combination of English and Dutch. The written exam and paper/assignment are in English.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Herman Lelieveldt & Sebastiaan Princen, The Politics of the European Union, Cambridge University Press 2015, 2nd edition.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. To be announced.

Verplicht voor

  • Bestuurskunde BA ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Premaster Bestuurskunde: HBO-bestuurskunde ( 2017 )
  • Public Governance ( 2017 )

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