What is Europe and how do we define it? How has history shaped our current understanding of the continent? How has European integration changed Europe? In the bachelor's programme in European Studies, you will work with your fellow students to develop answers to these complex questions. You will explore Europe and European integration using insights and methods from history, political science, international relations, law, economics, philosophy, and sociology. This programme trains you to become a critical thinker who can understand, analyze and explain complex current problems at the European level from various disciplinary perspectives. You can use this expertise to work in European institutions, public administration, management, and consultancy.
Why this programme?
The bachelor's programme in European Studies originated from one core idea: It is impossible to understand modern-day Europe and European integration from the perspective of only one discipline. Take the ongoing economic crisis as an example. This crisis can never be fully understood from an economic or financial perspective alone. In order to understand what is happening and to grasp how the European Union responds to this crisis, we also need to analyze the historical developments and different political and cultural backgrounds of European countries that are cooperating to manage the crisis.
Societal and political challenges can only be understood in the broader socio-cultural contexts. Politics, law or economics alone are not enough to solve the European 'puzzle'. Therefore, European Studies adopts an interdisciplinary approach, combining insights and methods from political science, history, international relations, law, economics, philosophy, and sociology.
The big questions of Europe and the EU
In the European Studies programme, you will explore the answers to questions such as:
- What is Europe and how do we define it?
- How has Europe’s history shaped the continent?
- What impact does the integration process have on Europe’s cultural diversity?
- How has the disappearance of internal European borders changed border regions?
- What is the relationship between European institutions and national governments?
- How does European legislation affect our daily lives?
- Does the elected European Parliament have enough power to exercise democratic control over Europe’s governance?
- What role can a united Europe play in international politics?
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