Selected Issues: European Politics and Policymaking


Course Objective

Knowledge and understanding – The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) topical debates on Politics and Policymaking in Europe;
(2) the interactions between politics and policymaking;
(3) the added-value of comparative and international perspectives on
questions of politics and policymaking

Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(4) critically evaluate competing theories and approaches to questions
of politics and policymaking;
(5) to evaluate the merits of alternative methodologies in analysing
questions of politics and policymaking.

Communication - The student has acquired:
(6) enhanced academic writing skills.

Course Content

This course zooms in on a selection of topical debates in political
science on politics and policymaking in Europe. The selected topics link
politics to policies, and they link the national level to the European
(and the global) level. Thus, topics to be included involve both more
procedural questions (for instance, the rise of populism, the
interaction between democracy and courts, the accountability of
international decision-making in national political systems) and policy
issues (like creating jobs, fighting terrorism, securing sustainable
development). Around these topics, we seek to identify what are the
important questions and what and how political science can contribute to
answering them. In that process, we review and assess different
theoretical approaches and different methodologies on how they operate
and what kind of insights they yield (and what not). The course is
concluded with a paper in which students offer a (preliminary) analysis
of a relevant political question.

Teaching Methods

Students are expected to come to class having prepared the required
readings in order to allow for meaningful discussions.
Furthermore, each student will be assigned to prepare the discussion of
one or two texts on the syllabus.

Method of Assessment

Class participation (presence, contributions, quality of
contributions): 30% of final grade.
Final paper: 70 % of final grade.


A selection of texts, which will be announced in the course manual (see

Target Audience

Students in the Master Political Science (track: Comparative and
European Politics).
Also open as an elective course for students in the other tracks.

General Information

Course Code S_SIEPP
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. C.E. de Vries
Examiner prof. dr. C.E. de Vries
Teaching Staff N. Onopriychuk MSc
prof. dr. C.E. de Vries
dr. O. Terzi MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

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