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Master's Programme in European Studies, 120 credits

Europe is developing - how about you?

Major economic, political and social challenges are increasingly being met with European solutions. Europeanization is profoundly transforming local, regional and national circumstances in Europe. Europe is developing a single voice at the global stage. Do you want to learn more about the impact of Europe?

The Master's Programme in European Studies deals with key European challenges and dilemmas: economic and political integration, environmental management and conflicts, the rights, obligations and access to a European citizenship. One term is dedicated to internship or elective courses. The Programme has a history of students pursuing successful internships at major EU-institutions, the United Nations, Foreign ministries and other public or private organisations and companies.

European integration affects economic, legal, political and social conditions, which means that European studies are interdisciplinary by nature. For this reason, the programme is hosted by the Centre for European Studies (CES), which has a unique and long held competence in interdisciplinary European Studies. The teaching staff is drawn from economics, the humanities, law and the social sciences. CES is cooperating closely with the Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University, CERGU, which is an awarded Centre of Excellence for European research. The teaching is therefore always connected to recent research within the field.

A full term dedicated to the writing of a Master's thesis concludes the programme. Within the wide range of research conducted at CERGU, mentors that suit the scientific orientation and personal interests of the student will be available.

This two-year Master's Programme is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg. It provides students with deep knowledge about current salient policy issues as well as the dominating theories within the academic field. Students will be able to focus on areas of personal interest, and the Programme offers them a solid foundation for careers as policy analyst or developer within the European political and economic field.



EU2111 European Integration: Current Research and Theory, 15 credits

The aim of this course is to provide you with a deeper understanding of “this strange animal” the European Union. The method by which this will be achieved is by introducing you to the research community’s efforts to study the EU. You will take part of and critically analyse important research works in EU studies. An important objective of the course is also to investigate how theoretical research findings can be adapted to real practical problems arising from the process of European integration.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus EU2111 European Integration: Current Research and Theory.

EU2120 Integrating European Market, 15 credits

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough understanding of the complex process of creating a single internal market within the European Union. The course addresses the problems of integrating different national market systems into one single market. You will analyze the interplay between formal legal restrictions, economical functions of the single market and the political policy-making process. Other central themes are the internal market´s consequences for manufacturing and services, life-conditions, labour markets, capital flows and infrastructural development in Europe and its neighbouring countries. The relationship between national and supranational policies is central.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus EU2120 Integrating European Market


EU2131 Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘Other’? 15 credits

This interdisciplinary course highlights the historical, cultural, political and socio-economic perspectives on why this implicit opposition still persists. What is Central and East Europe? How is the concept of Europe used for “othering” central and eastern parts of Europe? This course provides students with knowledge and skills on the Central and East Europe as a geopolitical region, its political, economic and social cleavages, as the development historically and in our time.

Syllabus EU2131 Central- and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European ‘Other’?

EU2420/ EU2430, Internship for the Master's Programme in European Studies, 15 or 30 credits

As a student on the Master's Programme in European Studies you have the possibility to do an internship for up to one semester. The internship can be conducted at a public or private organisation in Sweden or abroad. The organisation shall provide assignments that are of value for the trainee’s educational goals and future career plans.

This course is an elective course.

Syllabus EU2420 Internship 30 hec

Syllabus EU2430 Internship 15 hec

EU2210 European Environment and Energy, 15 credits

The course addresses and problematizes the EU´s environmental and energy policy. You will analyze the EU´s legal foundation, the policy process, and the commitment to economic growth and integration of markets from an environmental perspective. One aim is to provide a thorough understanding of the vagueness of sustainable development and in what ways the concept is used by/in the EU. This provides the baseline for thematic elaborations on different environmental and energy problems and future challenges for the EU. These thematic elaborations will also include analyses of the relation between the EU and member states, the EU as an international actor, the role of NGO´s and other lobby groups.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus EU2210 European Environment and Energy

EU2220 Social Europe, 15 credits

The course seeks to consider the past, present, and future of Social Europe. It will focus on inter-disciplinary aspects of the European citizenship, i.e. rights and obligations, work, family, gender, identity, immigration and the future of European welfare states. You will get in-depth knowledge of the diversity of European social policies, of their political background and of current welfare reforms. The course addresses and problematizes European social policy and law. This provides the baseline for thematic elaborations on different social problems and future challenges for the EU, including analyses of the relation between the EU, the Council of Europe and the member states.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus EU2220 Social Europe

EU2215 Europe in the world, 15 credits

This course provides for an inter-disciplinary understanding of Europe’s role in the world and draws on a range of approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. It examines the political, economic, social and security relations of Europe with the rest of the world from historical and contemporary perspectives. The study of “Europe” is understood in a broad sense to encompass various international organizations, state actors and civil societies. The course assesses the international significance of European integration, the impact of global developments on Europe, and the changing role of Europe in the new world order.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus EU2215 Europe in the world

EU2340 Research Methods for European Studies, 15 credits

The Research methods course presents and offers you practical training in various methodological approaches relevant to the field of European Studies. The course will begin with an exploration of issues of general relevance to empirical investigation in social sciences, such as epistelmology, research design, research ethics, and an overview of research methods. In the second part of the course you will specialize in either quantitative or qualitative research methods.

This course is a compulsory methods course.

Syllabus EU2340 Research Methods for European Studies

EU2500 Master's Thesis for European Studies,
30 credits

The final semester is dedicated to writing a Master's thesis. You will formulate, plan and complete a Master's thesis in a given span of time. Writing the Master's thesis will develop your' ability to plan and manage large projects, and collect and analyze social science data to answer an original research question of relevance to European studies. You will present and defend the thesis at a final seminar, as well as act as a discussant on another students thesis.

This course is a compulsory thesis course.

Syllabus EU2500 Master's Thesis for European Studies


European Studies at the University of Gothenburg

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