EU policy and implementation: making Europe work! is an online course offered by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Taught in English, the course is intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about how European policy affects daily life and is especially relevant for individuals working in public policy. The course covers how European policy is created; reviews decision-making, transposition and implementation and discusses how policy may be improved in the future.
“People have become more critical of European policy and often seem to prefer local policy solutions in response to globalisation problems. How do you experience EU policy? Does it help? And if not, how can we change this? In this course, we learn how EU policy is made, and how policy is transferred to member states and implemented by various authorities, including regional and local governments. We discuss the challenges of the European multi-level governance structure. We also focus on the main causes of policy failure or success.
On this journey, we focus on actual policy and present the views of various experts: how easy is it to establish yourself in another EU-country? How do governments make sure that the air you breathe is clean? And who is responsible?”
To successfully complete EU policy and implementation: making Europe work!, students will need to spend 2 to 3 hours per week studying. The course lasts for 5 weeks and features videos and reading assignments every week. Students are also responsible for completing a series of short writing and research assignments related to the course material. Those who compose all of the assignments and earn passing grades will pass the course. The class is offered free or charge, but a small fee is assessed for an optional Verified Certificate of Completion.