Study programme

The first year of European public administration

The European Public Administration programme is continuously developing. In 2017-2018 changes will be made to the modules of the programme. More information about these changes will be published on this website as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, you can find information about the modules of the old 2016-2017 programme on this website.

Module 1: The Modern State

The topics
Arguably, the most fundamental organizational principle underlying modern human societies is the nation state, which can be defined as a territory with a population and a government. You will learn how states have developed and how their legal framework and political institutions are organized. The module combines insights from law and political science and will also familiarize you with the basic principles and terminology of social scientific research methodology.

The project
Your group will select one region of Europe that is not an independent democratic state at present but which may become one in the future (e.g. Catalonia). Your main task will be to draw up a constitution or a partial constitution for this new independent democratic state, taking a series of smaller steps to guide you through the process.

Project theme: Build your constitution

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Module 2: European challenges

The topics
You will deal with loss of national sovereignty and the transfer of competencies to sub-national authorities and to international organizations at European and global level. The module combines insights from economics and sociology, introduces the European Union as the main international organization in European public governance, and explores its institutional development, its key contexts, its main challenges and its policies.

The project
The theme of this project is migration in Europe. We are all familiar with images of flimsy boats arriving at Lampedus. Or failing to arrive. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström has been tasked with preparing EU-level regulations in the policy area of migration, including asylum, border control, integration, cross-border organized crime and terrorism issues. Her aim is to develop a more open and safe Europe. Ms Malmström wishes to hear from you how and to what extent migration represents a challenge for the EU. She has asked your project team to come up with a problem analysis

Project theme: Migration and immigration in Europe

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Module 3: public Policy

The topics
In a world in which everyone has several devices that consume energy, governments cannot avoid the question as to how to generate renewable energy. What makes energy renewable? How can it be generated? And what will motivate people to use it? In this project, you will explore the latest innovations, both in the field of energy and in the field of influence the behaviour of citizens.

The project
During the Making Energy Innovations Work project, you are to develop a policy that will increase the use of electricity generated from solar power or wind power in a specific geographical area. You will operate either at European Union level, on behalf of the national government or in the role of a specific local or regional authority. 

Project theme: Sustainability policy: solar and wind energy

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MODULE 4: smart governance for regional innovation

The topics

In this module you will become acquainted with the different actors, levels and networks that play a part in European public governance and you will study innovation by combining insights from geography and history with the programme’s core disciplines. Your aim is to understand the nature of the region as a concept and to discover where its roots lie.

The topics

To be able to achieve complex public goals such as economic growth and social inclusion, the European Union and its member states need to wheel and deal with a wide range of public and private parties, such as local and regional governments, public agencies, companies, non-governmental organizations, universities and civil society organizations. You will be introduced to the dynamics of these multi-actor and multi-level governance processes in a European context.

The project
Innovative regions are increasingly being seen as the engine that drives European economic development. In the project you will analyse the innovative power of a particular region and produce a brochure on the subject. There are many differences between the regions of the EU. The German state of Baden-Württemberg is far more innovative than the Italian region of Catania, for example, while in the Netherlands the province of Noord-Brabant is doing much better than the Twente region.

The guiding principle for Europe’s new regional innovation policy is ‘smart specialization’: regions will have to specialize in activities at which they excel, becoming better in the process. You will carry out an analysis aimed at helping your chosen region and a brochure to promote its strengths to the world.

Project theme: Regional innovation policies, boost Europe from below

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The second year

In the second year of your studies you will take modules in public management and governance with a focus on Europe. You will also have the possibility to specialize in European Studies or Public Administration. Take a look at the study programme for Year 2.

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