European Game of Politics: Crisis and SurvivalSemester Course

European Politics
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Northern Germany
Major Discipline(s)
Government, International Relations, Political Science
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

The European Union has been called an Unidentified Political Object (UPO) because it is less than a federal state, but more than a federation of states. Therefore, the European game of politics is rather special with deep impacts on the present EU crisis and the future of EU survival. This course offers a broad study of the EU, including historical development, governing institutions, political processes, economic cooperation and challenges as well as major policies and approaches to the present crisis, and teaches ‘how to play the game’ of politics in Europe.

Going to the European Union institutions in Brussels showed me that a career in international politics could be very interesting and a field that I might want to work in someday.

Emma, SUNY Oneonta


Jakob Dreyer

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on Western security politics, focusing on how political, military, and technological developments shape military interventions. Further, he studies the contemporary evolution of European foreign and security policy. Jakob has a background as a linguist officer and advisor in the Danish Defence. With DIS since 2019.

Christine Nissen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Doctoral fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS, Copenhagen). Furthermore, she holds a position as a national researcher for the pan-European think tank European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Her main area of research is European foreign and security policy, including the workings of the EU foreign policy institutions, and the interplay between EU and national foreign policies, in particularly in the case of Denmark. With DIS since 2017. Currently on maternity leave.