ONLINE COURSE: 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? This course will help us to find the answers!

Course periodJan. 6, 2021 - Jan. 26, 2021
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

max. 18 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee650.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


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.

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.


Online Course Program (pdf)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 45 contact hours.


The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (30%)
  • group exercises (30%)
  • assignments and self-study (40%)


Weekly schedule of virtual class room lessons:

  • Course days: Monday and Wednesday
  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (Berlin time, UTC+1)
    5.00 pm – 7.00 pm (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    8.00 pm – 10.00 pm (Sydney time, UTC+11)
    3.00 am – 5.00 am (Chicago time, UTC-6)
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.

Mr. Magnus Römer, MA

Magnus Römer works at the department of European affairs of the Berlin Data Protection Authority. Previously, he managed the establishment of the European New School of Digital Studies at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) and analysed the enforcement of European data protection laws at the Berlin Social Science Center as Research Associate. Magnus holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and an MA in International Politics from Free University Berlin.

Mr. David Nonhoff, MSc

David Nonhoff is Research Assistant to MP Marja-Liisa Völlers at the German Bundestag and has worked for two further MPs before. In his previous position as Research Associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) he worked on digitalization as well as authoritarian challenges to liberal democracies. David holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and completed his MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016. His paper on the accountability of the European Parliament will be published in May 2020.

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

This course can be combined with: