First Semester: Fundamentals

During the first semester, students familiarise themselves with the legal, economic, geopolitical and historical foundations of European integration by way of an intensive curriculum. They also study EU external relations as well as the specificities of Central and Eastern Europe. 

The first semester study trip offers a deeper understanding of European identities and a first-hand experience of policies in practice at the EU’s borders. The study trip is an integral part of the academic programme, participation is obligatory and students are expected to attend all related conferences and activities. It counts for 2 ECTS.

Prof. Lieven TACK (BE)

Introductory courses

Introductory courses can be attended by all students. They are assessed via mock exams.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R. - Introduction to the History of European Civilization (12h, 0 ECTS)
  • MAASS A.-S. - Introduction to Political Science and European Studies (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCHUMACHER T. - Introduction to International Relations and European Foreign Policy Analysis (12h, 0 ECTS)
  • TACK L. - Introduction to Economics (12h, 0 ECTS)
  • VAN ELSUWEGE P. - Introduction to Law (12h, 0 ECTS)
Prof. Luiza BIALASIEWICZ (PL)

Compulsory contextual courses

These contextual courses are compulsory for all students. They are non-assessed.

  • BELKA M. - State and Economy (12h, 0 ECTS)
  • BIALASIEWICZ L. - Geopolitics (12h, 0 ECTS)
Prof. Timothy SNYDER (US)

Compulsory fundamental courses

Fundamental courses are compulsory for all students.

  • LORD C. - EU Institutions and Decision-making (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SNYDER T. - Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • TACK L. - European Economic Integration (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • VAN ELSUWEGE P. - The EU Legal Order (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SCHIRMANN S. - L'Histoire de la Construction européenne (10h, 2 ECTS)
Prof. Georges MINK (FR)

Optional contextual courses

All students must select one optional contextual course.

  • CICHOCKI M.A. - Political Thought in Europe in the 19th and 20th Century (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MINK G. - L'Europe centrale de la domination soviétique à l'adhésion à l'UE : destin commun, trajectoires diverses (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • THIESSE A.-M. - La construction d’identités nationales en Europe, XIXe-XXe Siècle (10h, 0 ECTS)

Workshop and Simulation game

  • KALFADELLIS P. - Communicating Cross Culturally (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • PEKAR M. - International Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)

Master’s thesis and Research methodology

The Research methodology seminar (4 ECTS) is an integral part of the preparation of the Master’s thesis and is compulsory for all students. In addition to the courses they take during the first and second semesters, students must write a Master’s thesis in English or French, counting for 16 ECTS.

  • BOBROWICZ B. (coord.), BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R., LONGHURST K., MINK G., MONAR J., SCHUMACHER T., THOMSON I. & WINAND P. - Research methodology (20h, 4 ECTS)

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