What does the future hold for the European Union? Are its founding ideals of peace and prosperity strong enough to overcome public distrust about further integration? Find out in this track.
European Politics in a Global Perspective is a track within the Master's degree in International Relations.
European integration is a unique phenomenon. Nowhere else in the world have national states decided to a such a far-reaching form of cooperation and 'pooling' of resources as has been the case within the framework of the present-day European Union. Despite the problems the EU is facing nowadays, the economies and currencies, and to a certain extent also the political and social systems of the member countries, have become 'Europeanised' to a considerable extent. This fascinating development is studied in the track European Politics in a Global Perspective in Groningen.
Why study this program in Groningen?
The track European Politics in a Global Perspective:
Enables to design a study program tailored to your needs and interests.
Offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by committed staff.
Includes a placement that excellently prepares for the labor market.
Provides you with a research-oriented profile that makes you fit for participation in a Research Master and/or a Ph.D. track.
The Master's track European Politics in a Global Perspective is special because of its interdisciplinary and policy-oriented nature. We study integration from a historical, IR-theoretical, legal and social-economic point of view. We strongly feel that developments in Europe cannot be properly understood from a mono-disciplinary perspective and that a thoroughly integrated approach is needed to gain a proper insight into the issues under study. European Politics in a Global Perspective is interdisciplinary by nature. Moreover, we attach great importance to the practical translation of the knowledge and (oral and writing) skills acquired during the MA track. Students in the Master's track European Politics in a Global Perspective write policy notes and research papers, participate in debating sessions and simulation games, (critically) review standard works in European Politics in a Global Perspective study and, last but not least, do a traineeship with a European organization (public or private), either in the Netherlands or abroad. In other words, we are highly motivated to provide the students with an appropriate background in knowledge and skills to prepare them for a well-positioned entry into the labor market.
Research on European Politics in a Global Perspective
European Politics in Global Perspective research investigates the complex, multilayered structure of the European Union. The EU is studied as a unique example of regional cooperation, increasingly influenced by global developments.
European Politics in Global Perspective research focuses on actors, institutions, policy-making, and decision-making in the European context studied in the past and present. Not only the interests of institutions and actors are the subject of study, but also the ideas and values on which these interests are based and which find their expression in the policy-making process.
Three central research areas can be distinguished:
Research into the mutual relationship between ‘founding father’ the Netherlands and the European Union. To what extent has this relationship been subject to change during the most recent decades and how should this possible change be explained?
Research into the EU’s internal security policies (the former ‘third pillar of the EU Treaty) since the Lisbon Treaty. What is the current state of affairs regarding EU cooperation in the areas of police and justice and what are the main developments in a (communitarian) asylum- and migration-policies? How do the latter affect the process of policy-making and administration in the member-states?
Research into the relationship between the EU and two important (emerging) regions outside Europe: North Africa and South East Asia. Concerning North Africa, particular emphasis is placed on democratization movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries, as a direct consequence of the ‘Arab Spring’. With respect to South East Asia, the focus is on EU-China relations, in particular the process of EU inter-institutional policy-making regarding the PRC.