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The overall goal of the Euromaster is to equip students with the necessary theoretical and conceptual tools to apprehend and analyze the dynamic process of European integration. Its utility consists primarily in providing students with a conceptual map to navigate through the maze of the EU policies and institutions, with a particular focus on political, economical, legal and social aspects.
The general objectives of the Euromaster are constituted at the cognitive level, the skills level and the attitudinal level.
At the cognitive level:
Students acquire an advanced understanding of the political, historic, institutional, legal and economic features of the European integration.
Students are confronted with the existing practices and organization in the EU institutions and policies.
The program familiarizes students with the state of the art theory and research on the European Union.
The program stimulates students to apply appropriate research methods and tools in function of their independent research projects.
The students acquire knowledge on the recent and current developments in the EU and are stimulated to reflect on these developments and policy debates, using the theoretical insights and their understanding of the EU’s main characteristics.
Students are expected to be able to develop and substantiate opinions and argumentations on the challenges of the European integration, more in particular concerning recent events.
At the skills level:
The program seeks to develop students’ ability to independently analyze events and dynamics in the realm of economic and social-political integration.
Students develop the ability to transpose the analysis of events and situations into a feasible and scientifically sound research project.
Students must be able to effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and the results of an independent analysis in written and possibly oral form.
Students develop the capacity to use relevant electronic tools and information sources on the EU.
By functioning in an international group of students from different parts of the world, the graduate will have acquired skills in intercultural communication and also language skills, as English is the instruction language of the program (most students are not native English speakers).
At the attitudinal level:
The program seeks to stimulate inquisitive and critical attitudes, whereby fashionable and dominant opinions and explanations are approached with constructive doubt. The program aims to generate a critical but balanced approach to the challenges of the European Union.
The programme focuses on the economic and on the socio-political aspects of European integration. The two program components have certain common learning outcomes and other specific learning targets in function of the economic and the socio-political specializations.
Common learning outcomes:
The graduate has a thorough knowledge of the principles and instruments of Community law and an ability to analyze, interpret and apply that knowledge to cases.
The graduate is familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of economic integration and has a clear understanding of how economic integration took shape in the EU.
The graduate has a clear knowledge of the landmark events in the history of European integration, of the EU institutions and decision-making process and an understanding of the political and institutional architecture of key EU policy domains.
The graduate is familiar with the theories and concepts used to study the economic and socio-political aspects of European integration. The graduate is able to apply the theories and concepts in a balanced fashion to (current) issues of European integration.
The graduate has a critical understanding of how civil society and state relationships are crafted and evolving in the EU, which should lead to capacity to identify consequences and challenges for both public and private actors.
The graduate is able to independently collect, read, process and critically interpret relevant information from a variety of sources on the EU, namely, policy briefs, position papers, communications, legal texts, statistical data, interviews, policy reports, and of course, scientific publications.
The graduate is able to integrate the independently collected and processed information in a broader theoretically inspired and question-driven research project.
The graduate is able to effectively report his/her analysis in written and oral form, abiding by the standards set for academic communications.
Additional learning outcomes for the specialization Political and Social Integration
The graduate is familiar with theories and concepts of identity and diversity and is able place these in a historical perspective of cultural developments in Europe.
The graduate is familiar with the EU’s main socio-economic cleavages and can identify their main socio-political expressions.
The graduate is well informed on key concepts and academic debates regarding the EU’s socio-political integration and is able to contribute to these debates with substantiated argumentation.
The graduate is familiar with the shape of ‘state-society’ relations in the EU and is able to relate these relationships to theories, scientific literature and policy debates.
The graduate shows a systematic understanding of EU policy communities, their main policy actors and is able to assess the prevalent interaction patterns in EU policy communities.
The graduate has an advanced understanding of the EU policy process and its policy instruments.
The graduate is familiar with alternative forms of governance, their implementation in the EU and is able to discern the strengths and weaknesses in complex systems of governance.
Additional learning outcomes for the specialization Economic Integration
The graduate has a thorough knowledge of the institutional framework of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), the mandate of the European Central Bank (ECB), the inflation target of the ECB, the monetary policy strategy followed by the ECB, and the monetary policy instruments that are available to the ECB.
The graduate is able to read and analyse balance of payments accounts, and is able to discuss the impact of current account imbalances and shifts in capital flows.
The graduate masters short-run theoretical models of the functioning of the foreign exchange market, the money market and the output market, and is able to apply such models to current developments.
The graduate is able to analyse the impact of government macroeconomic policies in an open economy. More in particular, the graduate is able to analyse issues related to the conduct of monetary policy in the euro-zone and the interaction between monetary and fiscal policy.
The graduate has a thorough knowledge of EU competition policy
The graduate is able to better understand and explain the development of economic and social cohesion through European Regional Policy
The graduate is able to understand and identify the theoretical rationales behind statements, positions and actions of European institutions on current economic problems
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In the context of this programme, the following academic plans are offered:
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