The ‘European Union: mechanisms and institutions’ course is organized in four main parts, covering most of the present EU study and research, as follows:
- History of European integration, general concepts and theories;
- Creation of EU law: institutions, procedures, competencies;
- Enforcement and EU law: treaties, directives, regulations, principles, relevant case-law;
- Substance: market (emphasis on workers), European citizenship, EMU, relevant policies.

The course is designed to introduce students the study of the public policy cycle. In particular, the course examines the various methods of identifying and structuring public policy problems and issues, formulating and analyzing alternative responses, recommending policy actions for decision making, and designing and evaluating implementation plans and the means to monitor and evaluate the resulting policy outcomes.

This course is designed to give students an overview regarding the study of leadership and the challenges that today’s public-sector leaders face. The course will focus on two major issues: leadership theory – most important theories regarding leadership – and leadership practice – focused on what leaders must do in order to run public or non-profit organizations; in this part we will discuss best practices of public and nonprofit sector, developing strategic partnerships and stakeholder networks, motivating employees, managing change. Thus the course will aim to accomplish three major objectives: acquiring, understanding and using knowledge on the topic of leadership. In the end the questions that this course tries to answer are:

·         How do leaders lead?

·         What do they do?

·         What do they need to know to be successful?