Study Track: Politics and Governance

Academic Year 2022-2023 

Why follow the Politics and Governance study track? 

Students can diversify their studies of transatlantic affairs with a course programme offering indepth study of the EU’s institutions, governance structure, and policy areas, both internal and external. This provides advantages to students desiring to work in EU and transatlantic affairs in the future by providing a comprehensive knowledge of the EU’s policy priorities and complex institutional operations. 

 

Students starting at the College of Europe

Students starting at the Fletcher School

 

Students starting at the College of Europe 

Semester 1 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course 5 ECTS 

  • 2 POL compulsory courses, 14 ECTS 

  • Workshops in professional development (voluntary, no ECTS) 

  • Thesis and internship preparation 

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

POL compulsory courses 

  • Politics and Policy-Making of the EU (O. COSTA, 7 ECTS, 40h)  

  • The Political Economy of European Integration (M. CHANG, 7 ECTS, 40h)  

Students may follow any of the non-assessed workshops on professional development (8h) and they may apply to participate in any of the extracurricular activities offered by the European Political and Governance Studies Department. 

Workshops on professional development (8H, no ECTS) 

  • The EU Participatory Democracy (A. ALEMANNO) 

  • How to Brief a European Decision-Maker: Political Communication in the EU Institutions (H. BANNER and D. SCHÄFER) 

  • Future Scenarios for Europe: How Are They Implemented in Education Systems? (F. DECOSTER, F. VERSINI) 

  • The UK and the EU: From Awkward Member State to Difficult Neighbour? (H. KASSIM) 

  • European Health Policy (O. LÖBLOVÁ) 

  • NATO’s Future and NATO-EU Relations: Building Bridges Across Brussels (A. PAPAIOANNOU) 

  • EU Lobbying: Demystifying the Reality—Demonstrating the Democratic Necessity (R. PATTEN) 

  • Regulatory Reform in the EU: Analysis and Practice (C. RADAELLI) 

  • Assistants Parlementaires et Collaborateurs d’Elus (F. SAINT MARTIN) 

MATA-POL Thesis and Internship Preparation 

During this semester, students will start preparing their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as their internship search. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semester 2 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 1 POL compulsory course,7 ECTS 

  • 1 research seminar, no ECTS 

  • 3 optional courses, 15 ECTS 

  • MATA study trip to Brussels, no ECTS 

  • POL study trip to Luxembourg and Strasbourg, no ECTS 

  • Workshops in Professional Development, voluntary, no ECTS 

  • Thesis and internship preparation 

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (B. LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

POL Compulsory courses 

  • Negotiation and Decision-making in the EU: A Simulation Game (P. SETTEMBRI & C. HERMANIN & J. WORTH, 7 ECTS, 50h) 

  • Students choose 1 research seminar for the writing of the thesis (0 ECTS, 30h) 

Optional courses (select 3 courses: 5 ECTS and 30h each)  

EU Institutions and Administration 

  •  Working in the EU Institutions, why, what and how : Theory and Practice (A. DEMBLANS) 

  • Delegated and Implementing Acts (GUEGUEN D. & MARISSEN V) 

  • The Future of Europe : Understanding and Designing Europe´s Differentiated Present and Future (KAEDING M.) 

  • The European Parliament in the EU’s Political System (LEHMANN W. & RIPOLL SERVENT A.) 

  • The Council of the EU – Law-Making, Policy Coordination and Executive Power (PUETTER U.) 

  • La Commission européenne en pers-/pros-pective : métiers, mutations, réformes (SZAPIRO M) 

  • Les finances publiques de l’Union européenne (VITREY de GARDEBOSC A.) 

  • The European Council : A Real World Analysis of the Leaders’ Institution through Practical Exercises and Insider Insights (VITREY de GARDEBOSC A.) 

  • The European Council : A Real World Analysis of the Leaders’ Institution through Practical Exercises and Insider Insights (WESSELS W.) 

EU internal Policies 

  • EU Digital Law and Policies (BAILEY M. & JURETZKI B.) 

  • Le droit du marché intérieur, un modèle européen de libre échange (BERROD F. & MUNOZ R.) 

  • European Energy, Climate Governance and Green Deal (BUSCHLE D.) 

  • EMU and Euro Area Governance (CHANG M. & GLÖCKLER G.) 

  • Welfare and Social Policy-Making in the EU (CRESPY A.) 

  • EU Environmental and Climate Policy (DELREUX T.) 

  • L’espace de liberté, sécurité et justice de l’Union européenne (LABAYLE H.) 

European Governance 

  • Interest Representation in the EU (COEN D. & KATSAITIS A.) 

  • A Practical Approach to Preparing and Managing EU Projects (HOREL S. & SABBATELLI M.R.) 

Europe and the World 

  • Transatlantic Climate Security (CAMERON A. ) 

  • EU Foreign Policy : Context and Priorities (GREVI G.) 

  • International Governance : Actors, Mechanisms and Challenges (HOEFFLER C. ) 

  • The EU and its Neighbourhood : Towards a ‘Closer Political Association’ and a ‘Deeper Economic Integration’ (LANNON E.) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-POL students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the POL study trip to Luxembourg and Strasbourg 

Students may also take workshops in professional development, see list of courses in Semester 1: 

MATA-POL Thesis and Internship Development 

During this semester, students continue to develop their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as identify their internship. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semesters 3 and 4 in the US  

At a glance 

  • 4 courses at The Fletcher School, 24 ECTS 

  • Thesis submission, 25 ECTS 

  • High-level internship, 25 ECTS 

 

During the second year, MATA students will spend one semester at the Fletcher School (24 ECTS) and one semester doing a high-level internship (25 ECTS) related to transatlantic affairs for a minimum of 3 months. Students can select which semester for both the internship and Fletcher coursework. 

Students submit their master’s thesis (25 ECTS) in April on a topic related to transatlantic affairs, supervised by a faculty member from both the College of Europe’s POL faculty and the Fletcher School. 

At the Fletcher School, MATA students select 4 courses (6 ECTS and between 26.5h and 32.5h each) from any of the three divisions: 

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO);  

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP);  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

They may also cross-register and substitute one of these four courses from Tufts University or Harvard University. Additionally, they may take an extra half course. 

Students starting at the Fletcher School

Semester 1 at Fletcher 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 3 courses from Fletcher (with cross-registration at Harvard or MIT possible), 18 ECTS 

 

Students take a total of 4 courses in the first semester. They also begin work on their thesis and searching for their internship for the second year. 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

Students also choose at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’):  

Semester 2 at Fletcher 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA course, 5 ECTS 

  • 4 Fletcher courses, 24 ECTS 

 

Students follow 5 courses during the second semester, in addition to preparing for their internship and continuing work on their thesis.  A supervisor from the Fletcher School and the IRD faculty are identified. 

Compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

Students also choose 4 courses, with at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’)  

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO)  

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP)  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

Students may also cross-register and substitute one of them by a relevant course from Tufts University or Harvard University. 

 

Semester 3 High-level internship in Europe, 25 ECTS 

 

Students undertake a high-level internship related to transatlantic affairs (25 ECTS) for at least 3 months. 

Semester 4 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 2 compulsory courses, 8 ECTS 

  • 2 optional courses, 10 ECTS 

  • thesis submission, 25 ECTS 

  • MATA study trip to Brussels, POL study trip to Luxembourg and Strasbourg 

  • Workshops in professional development, voluntary, no ECTS 

 

Compulsory courses 

  • Thesis submission (25 ECTS) 

  • Negotiation and Decision-Making in the EU : A Simulation Game (P. SETTEMBRI & C. HERMANIN & J. WORTH, 7 ECTS, 50h) 

  • Research seminar (1 ECTS, 30h) 

Research seminars (select 1) 

  • L’Union européenne en panne ? Crise, euroscepticisme, partis politiques, populisme, politization (BRACK N.) 

  • Le policy-making de l’Union européenne : politiques publiques, Parlement européen, européanisation, partis, représentation d’intérêts (COSTA O.) 

  • EU Governance and Integration : Common Policies, Institutions, Eurozone, (Digital) Single Market, Globalisation, EU Crises (HODSON D.) 

  • Law and Politics in the EU : Public Policies, Law and Politics, Interest Groups, Norms, Hard Law/Soft Law, CJEU, Commission (SAURUGGER S.) 

  • EU’s International Role and External Action : ENP, Turkey, Russia, the EU’s Architecture, CFSP, CSDP, EEAS, EU’s Power  (WESSELS W.) 

  • EU Reform : Institutional Change, Constitutional Issues, EU Politics (WESTLAKE M.) 

 Optional courses (select 2 courses: 5 ECTS and 30h each)  

EU Institutions and Administration 

  •  Working in the EU Institutions, why, what and how : Theory and Practice (A. DEMBLANS) 

  • Delegated and Implementing Acts (GUEGUEN D. & MARISSEN V) 

  • The Future of Europe : Understanding and Designing Europe´s Differentiated Present and Future (KAEDING M.) 

  • The European Parliament in the EU’s Political System (LEHMANN W. & RIPOLL SERVENT A.) 

  • The Council of the EU – Law-Making, Policy Coordination and Executive Power (PUETTER U.) 

  • La Commission européenne en pers-/pros-pective : métiers, mutations, réformes (SZAPIRO M) 

  • Les finances publiques de l’Union européenne (VITREY de GARDEBOSC A.) 

  • The European Council : A Real World Analysis of the Leaders’ Institution through Practical Exercises and Insider Insights (VITREY de GARDEBOSC A.) 

  • The European Council : A Real World Analysis of the Leaders’ Institution through Practical Exercises and Insider Insights (WESSELS W.) 

EU internal Policies 

  • EU Digital Law and Policies (BAILEY M. & JURETZKI B.) 

  • Le droit du marché intérieur, un modèle européen de libre échange (BERROD F. & MUNOZ R.) 

  • European Energy, Climate Governance and Green Deal (BUSCHLE D.) 

  • EMU and Euro Area Governance (CHANG M. & GLÖCKLER G.) 

  • Welfare and Social Policy-Making in the EU (CRESPY A.) 

  • EU Environmental and Climate Policy (DELREUX T.) 

  • L’espace de liberté, sécurité et justice de l’Union européenne (LABAYLE H.) 

European Governance 

  • Interest Representation in the EU (COEN D. & KATSAITIS A.) 

  • A Practical Approach to Preparing and Managing EU Projects (HOREL S. & SABBATELLI M.R.) 

Europe and the World 

  • Transatlantic Climate Security (CAMERON A. ) 

  • EU Foreign Policy : Context and Priorities (GREVI G.) 

  • International Governance : Actors, Mechanisms and Challenges (HOEFFLER C. ) 

  • The EU and its Neighbourhood : Towards a ‘Closer Political Association’ and a ‘Deeper Economic Integration’ (LANNON E.) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-POL students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the POL study trip to Luxembourg and Strasbourg 

Workshops in professional development (voluntary, 8H, no ECTS) 

  • The EU Participatory Democracy (A. ALEMANNO) 

  • How to Brief a European Decision-Maker: Political Communication in the EU Institutions (H. BANNER and D. SCHÄFER) 

  • Future Scenarios for Europe: How Are They Implemented in Education Systems? (F. DECOSTER, F. VERSINI) 

  • The UK and the EU: From Awkward Member State to Difficult Neighbour? (H. KASSIM) 

  • European Health Policy (O. LÖBLOVÁ) 

  • NATO’s Future and NATO-EU Relations: Building Bridges Across Brussels (A. PAPAIOANNOU) 

  • EU Lobbying: Demystifying the Reality—Demonstrating the Democratic Necessity (R. PATTEN) 

  • Regulatory Reform in the EU: Analysis and Practice (C. RADAELLI) 

  • Assistants Parlementaires et Collaborateurs d’Elus (F. SAINT MARTIN) 

 

 

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