EU Public Affairs and Policies

The two central building blocks of this major are the functioning of the EU governance system and EU policies. Students concentrate on EU policies of critical importance for social and economic progress in the EU, such as the internal market and competition policy, the Eurozone’s macroeconomic policies, migration policy, energy, environment, and social policy.

They study instruments through which EU institutions structure their dialogue with outside stakeholders and learn to critically analyse how they address complex social and economic problems such as employment, inflation, balance of payments or economic growth. They further deepen their knowledge of the broader historical context by taking a course in the European History and Civilization Major.

The second semester 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.

Optional specialist courses

Students must take six optional specialist courses.

  • AHNER, D. – EU Structural and Investment Policies (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • BARNARD, C. – EU Substantive Law: The four freedoms (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • EGENHOFER, C. & OBERTHÜR, S. – EU Environmental and Climate Change Policy in an International Context (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FALKENBERG, K.F. – EU Trade Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • GREENWOOD, J. & DELALANDE, P. – Interest Representation in the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • GÓRA, M. – The Political Economy of Welfare States in Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • JONES, A. & RIVAS, J. – EU Competition Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MARINIELLO, M. – Digital Economy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MARZINOTTO, B. – EU Macro-economic Policies (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SCHUMACHER, T. – The EU’s Neighbourhood Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)(*)
  • UMBACH, F. – EU Energy Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WESSELS, W. – Dynamics and Constraints of Multi-level Governance in Times of Fundamental Challenges: Policies, Procedures and Power (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WEYEMBERGH, A. – Justice et Affaires intérieures de l’Union européenne (20h, 4 ECTS)

Students must select one specialist course from the list of the European History and Civilization major.

Master’s thesis colloquium

  • BOBROWICZ, B. – EPAP Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students can select a maximum of two compact seminars.

  • BONZANNI, A. – Regulatory Framework of Energy Markets (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • CHASE, P. – Digital Transatlantic Rift (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • DUMONT, B. & HOLMES P. – Regulation in Online and Digital Markets (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEWIS, M.A. – Crimes against Humanity and International Justice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LUFF, D. & BAKER, P. – Policy Toolbox: Assessing Macroeconomic and Regulatory Risks in the Global Economy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCOTT-SMITH, G. – The United States in the EU’s Neighbourhood (8h, 0 ECTS)


Masterclasses are optional. Students can choose to follow any or all of them.

  • CICHOCKI, M.A. – From the Greek Agora to the Ukrainian Euromaidan: the History of Ideas of Democracy in Europe
  • DOBRY, M. – Révoltes et révolutions
  • ESPADA, J.C. – Liberalism


Students can select a maximum of two workshops.

  • BARTUŠKA, V. – European Energy Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LUCAS, E. – Strategic Communication in a Digital Age (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • NATORSKI, M. – The Practices of Project Management in the EU’s Foreign Policy in the Neighbourhood (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • TRIEBERT, C. – Digital Forensics and Deep Research Skills (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • WIŚNIEWSKI, R. – Public Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation games

Students can select a maximum of three simulation games.

  • EGENHOFER, C. & OBERTHÜR, S. – International Climate Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • GUÉGUEN, D. & MARISSEN, V. – EU Decision-making and Interest Representation in Practice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEMPEREUR, A. – International Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MAYR-HARTING, T. & POLAK, S. – EU Energy Policy-making in Practice – The Case of Nord Stream 2 (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCHUMACHER, T. & DOBRESCU, M. – EU Foreign Policy-making in Times of Conflict in the EU’s Neighbourhood (6h, 0 ECTS)
  • WHELAN, M. – Digital Diplomacy (8h, 0 ECTS)

(*) – Courses open to students of the European History and Civilization major.

Career development

Besides the academic courses, the Natolin Careers Service offers to the students a series of career development activities during the first and second semester.

  • One-to-one career tutorials
  • Professional skills workshops in areas such as: 
    • Project management
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Debating and argumentation skills
    • EPSO competition training
  • "Meet the Professionals" series of events
  • Alumni reunions

Language courses

In addition to benefitting from a bilingual study programme, students can take advantage of language courses on offer implemented by the Natolin Language Service. The following languages are on offer: English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish. The courses are tailored to the individual students' needs, and are also focused on transversal skills required by employers.

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