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The European Union between Supranational Integration and National Sovereignty

The EU is the most ambitious international integration project to date. Do you want to know how decisions are made in the EU, which reasons are given for the current crisis, and learn more about the future of European integration? A simulation game and excursions around the city will help us to find the answers!

Course periodJuly 20, 2020 - Aug. 14, 2020 Session II
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

max. 18 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee680.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)


The course will reflect upon the history and the current challenges of the European Union as the most ambitious project of supranational integration to date. While the project of integration was initially based on the quest for peace, it became clear over the years that the economic benefits for members were becoming the main incentive for further integration. But today, facing a financial and institutional crisis, the European Union is beginning to question its roots and aims.

Thus, the course will explore the development of the EU as a political entity, will try to understand the reasons for the current crisis and, finally, will also try to look ahead - what is the future of European integration? In order to get a more plastic impression of the way the EU works, we will dedicate some sessions to a short simulation game on the ways decisions are taken within the EU. Since Berlin is one of the centres of Europe, we will also take the opportunity to obtain first-hand information through excursions to the heart of political Berlin.

The course aims to offer a better understanding of how the European Union works and why the decision-making process is so difficult within this body.


Preliminary Course Program (pdf)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 contact hours (one contact hour equals 45 minutes; 15 contact hours per week).
  • The lessons are held four times a week.
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.


Schedule (Track C)

Tuesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 11.45 am


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all relevant subjects with a strong interest in the course topic.

In order to follow the course a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Timo Lochocki

Dr. Timo Lochocki studied Social Psychology and International Politics in Germany, Norway and the United States. In 2013 he finished his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin explaining why right-wing populist parties in Western Europe - like the German AfD or the French FN - rise or fall.

From 2014 to 2017 he worked as a Transatlantic Fellow for The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), stationed in Berlin and Paris. He hereby advised federal decision makers in Germany, France and the US on the new nexus between national party politics and international policy planning.

In 2018 he worked as James Knox Batten Visiting Professor for European Politics at Bard College, NC. In the same year he published "The Formula of Trust" ("Die Vertrauensformel") stressing the key role of Political Communication to prevent increasing societal polarization in Germany. Since 2019 he works as Executive Staff for the German Ministry of Health, advising Minister Jens Spahn and being responsible for International Policy Planning and Political Communication.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin


This course can be combined with: