Cours 2021-2022

Project : European Integration. Learning Theories in Negotiation Role-plays [EPOLB322]

  • 10 crédits
  • 70h+50h
  • 1er et 2e quadrimestre
Langue d'enseignement: Anglais / English

Acquis d'apprentissage

The project ‘European Integration: learning theories in negotiation role-plays’ bridges different disciplines and knowledge, namely history and theories of European integration, comparative politics and European law. It is built following the philosophy 'learn by doing'.  

The unit aims at developing students’ communication oral and written skills in English. In particular, the course brings to students the necessary theoretical, analytical and practical knowledge on EU decision-making processes and European integration. Overall, the course is designed to encourage students to develop a critical and insightful analysis about the democratic nature of the European institutional functioning. To this end, the course ends by the organization of a role-play game simulating a negotiation at the EU level. The role-play offers students a fertile ground for experimenting with the EU institutional complexity at the light of European integration theories. 



The main objectives of the course are the following:
1.     Understanding the history of EU decision-making processes;
2.     Explaining the national position of EU Member States;
3.     Preparing Member States’ position papers ;
4.     Understanding inter-institutional EU decision-making ;
5.     Acting in negotiations (role-play) ;
6.     Developing the necessary oral and written communication skills to present a Member State’s position and to negotiate a common position with the other Member States’ delegations ;
7.     Examining critically the democratic nature of EU decision-making processes.


The course takes place over the entire academic year and is divided into 5 complementary modules. Each module provides students with the specific knowledge and necessary skills for the role-play. Specific covid-19 measures might be adapted introducing e-learning teaching methods.

- Module 1: Understanding the history of EU decision-making processes 

- Module 2: Explaining the national position of EU Member States

- Module 3: Preparing ‘Country profiles’

- Module 4: Understanding (inter-institutional) EU decision-making processes

 -Module 5: Acting in negotiations (role-play)


Description des exercices

Tutorials and Coaching sessions are provided for each module.

The details are available via WebCampus.



Droit de l'Union européenne [DROIB210]

Méthodes d'enseignement

In parallel of these modules, students further receive the support of: 

coaching sessions with a tutor (Alban Versailles) that gives (i) complementary sessions on specific aspects of the European and/or on national political systems and (ii) feedback on the students’ work;

coaching sessions with Prof. Foissac to work on the student’s (written and oral) communication skills in English. 


Mode d'évaluation

The evaluation of the course is a continuous and additive process taking place throughout the academic year for the different modules. It is thus crucial that each student start working from day 1 of the course. Overall, the evaluation method of the different modules is both individual and collective and mobilizes different evaluation methods (i.e. ‘classical’ written exam, oral presentations, group paper etc.). 




Focus of the exam



Module 1

Prof. Laloux

Mrs. Kopsch

Crash course on EU history (+ coaching)

Individual written exam (2 questions) at the end of the module (week 5).



Module 2

Prof. Put

Prof. Foissac

Comparative politics (oral skills & content)

Group oral presentation (with a poster) on the institutional architecture of their Member States 



Module 3

Prof. Foissac

Prof. Put

Comparative politics and coordination systems of Member States

Group paper (i.e. country profile) presenting the key characteristics of one EU Member State and their implications on EU negotiations











Module 4


Prof. Randour


EU decision-making processes

Individual written exam (2 questions) at the end of the module (week 6).





Module 4

Prof. Foissac

EU decision-making processes

Group oral presentation (with power point) on EU institutions



Module 5

Prof. Randour

Prof. Laloux 

Prof. Foissac

Role-play & participation

Group & Individual assessment during the role-play game and the coaching session



End of the year evaluation

Prof. Randour Prof. Laloux Prof. Foissac

EU decision-making processes & democracy

Group paper presenting a critical analysis of the democratic character of EU decision-making processes









Sources, références et supports éventuels

All mandatory and optional references are available via WebCampus.


Langue d'enseignement

Anglais / English

Lieu de l'activité


Faculté organisatrice

Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion
Rue de Bruxelles, 61
5000 NAMUR


Etudes de 1er cycle