Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe


The courses provided through EU4Law will enable the participating students to apply theoretical concepts from the social sciences in an interdisciplinary perspective. They will learn in detail how the EU multi-level system works and which opportunity structures shape political actors' behaviour. Moreover, they will train their methodological skills on how to conduct a policy or a case study analysis and how undertake an analysis of EU documents, among others. The courses offered in the framework of the Jean Monnet Module will cover 60 hours of teaching, focusing on topics that investigate the EU Policies to foster the Rule of Law.


The Rule of Law – a concept in political science and an EU policy area
(winter term 20/21)

This course serves as an introduction into academic and political discussions on the concept of the rule of law. It fosters their background on and critical understanding of relevant EU institutions and their decision-making processes and practices regarding the rule of law. The course provides training on how to find relevant content on EU websites, identify relevant political players and how to read EU documents.


Policy-Making in the EU – a focus on the rule of law and policy measures (summer term 2021)

Students learn different academic concepts on how to analyse the policy-making in the European Union and discuss related political debates. The course engages in a detailed analysis of relevant EU institutions and uses a case study approach. Additionally, the seminar hosts guest lectures from practitioners (representatives of EU institutions in Berlin, civil society actors dealing with Europeanisation issues and/or rule of law issues). It also offers the opportunity to work on the development of the EU4Law Wiki and engages in interactive online discussions with students from UNC and METU.


Euroscepticism and Democratic Backsliding (winter term 2021/22)

The seminar presents students the opportunity to improve their understanding of the academic reflection on the concept of Euroscepticism, the nature of democratic backsliding. It fosters their background on everyday practices of EU institutions and decision-making processes in order to enhance their ability to analyse the dynamics within the member states. Moreover, it offers open-ended conversations with a guest lecturer, workshop with students from the University of Leipzig and interactive online sessions with students from UNC.


Policy-Making in the EU – focus on rule of law (summer term 2022)

The course offers students the opportunity to improve their understanding of academic and political discussions on the concept of the rule of law and fosters their background on everyday practices of EU institutions. They learn about decision-making processes that aim to enhance the functioning of the rule of law among the member states. The course focuses on research methods, trains to read EU documents, how to find relevant content on EU websites, and to identify relevant political players. During the seminar, guest lectures from the EU representation in Berlin and an excursion to Brussels take place.


Political Actors engaging in the policy field “rule of law”
(winter term 2022/23)

Actor-centred concepts in political science and sociology are at the core of this seminar.  It enriches the students' expertise on the analysis of attitudes, perceptions and political behaviour. They study individuals or groups, such as politicians, judges, entrepreneurs, parties or civil society groups who engage in defence of the rule of law or contribute to its decline. During the seminar, PhD-students will hold guest lectures, and a meeting with the International Youth Think Tank from Göteborg, affiliated also to the Transatlantic Masters Program, will be hosted.


Researching the European Union (summer term 2023)

The seminar focuses on various topics that train students to research the European Union. It deepens their background on methods and theories for the analysis of Europeanisation, integration and multi-level governance. It continues and concludes the establishment of the EU4Law Wiki.