Contemporary European Institutions, 7.5 credits

Contemporary European Institutions, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Albin Algotson

Available for exchange students



ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2025 202504-202508 English Linköping, Valla
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2025 202504-202508 English Linköping, Valla

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 180 ECTS credits passed with 90 ECTS credits passed in one of the following subject areas: Political Science, International relations, Business Administration, Economics, History, Law, Sociology, or another relevant discipline
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to: 

  • empirically and theoretically examine the institutions of the European Union;
  • utilize acquired theoretical concepts in order to understand and explain patterns of power and authority in contemporary Europe;
  • understand and critically discuss the concept of multi-level governance in the EU;
  • account for the centrifugal and integrative aspects of European national and transnational interconnections and interdependence in broad temporal and spatial terms;
  • discuss possible future developments in Europe and the EU. 

Course content

The central themes of the course are:

  • institutional theories as applied to the EU;
  • theories of integration and multi-level governance;
  • policy-making in the EU;
  • the development and characteristics of the EU system of institutions;
  • prospects for enlargement and institutional development of the EU. 

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory. 


Written examination at the end of the course, and mandatory seminars.
Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEMI Seminars 0 credits EC
INDI Individual paper 0 credits EC
EXAM Examination 7.5 credits EC

Regulary literature


Hix, Simon, Høyland, Bjørn, (2011) The political system of the European Union Third edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, [England] ; New York, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

ISBN: 9780230344181, 9780230249820

Wiener, Antje, Diez, Thomas, (2009) European integration theory 2. ed. Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2009

ISBN: 9780199226092

Zielonka, Jan, (2006) Europe as Empire. The Nature of the Enlarged European Union Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006

ISBN: 0199292213

(can be substituted with a study-trip)

Additional literature


Articles and handouts may be added.

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