CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

This course introduces students to the process of policy making within the European Union. It examines dynamics of the European integration and shows limitations of building a federal Europe by explaining the integration processes in the light of leading theories of public policy field. However, the course is not planned as purely theoretical in nature.

It is aimed at introducing students to practical challenges by focusing both on the institutional architecture of the European Union and on the different sectors of the EU policy making.

Moreover, the course will guide students through the labyrinths of scientific research in the field of European Studies by showing what is the value-added of application of the said theories to specific practical issues.

In order to avoid purely universal, hence abstract approach, the course will cover some EU policy making issues specific for the Baltic region, and will refer to the Latvian context whenever possible.


Apart from relying on the traditional academic sources, the course will also encourage students to apply information gained with the use of digital media - the social media in particular. This type of information will be used throughout the whole course in order to enrich the knowledge gained during the lectures on historical developments in the field of EU policy making by shedding some light on the current challenges.

 This course aims also at assisting these students who have an interest in developing further research in the scope of European Studies by providing them with sample research questions and discussion points that could potentially be addressed in a Bachelor Thesis.

 Finally, the course will provide some insight into the career opportunities within the EU institutions.