The module will provide students with a theoretically-grounded understanding of the role of the European Union as an international actor. Using theories of international relations, European integration and Foreign Policy Analysis, it will analyse and evaluate the EU’s evolving external identity and policy capabilities across a range of external relations, including membership conditionality, trade and development, international crime and terrorism, asylum and immigration, foreign, security and defence policy, climate and energy policy and democracy and human rights promotion.
The module will then examine the nature of key bilateral relationships between the EU and selected countries (US, Russia and China) and regions (former colonies, regional groups), explaining the extent to which they have been institutionalised and the challenges that define them. It will end by assessing what sort of international actor the EU ‘is’ and ‘wants to be’ – namely civilian, normative or military – and evaluating the likelihood of the EU emerging as a global superpower in the future.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Tomas Maltby
Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminars
Module assessment - more information
2-hour examination (45%), 2,750-word essay (45%); A&P (10%). Students will each be required to produce a 1 page briefing note and 2 minute presentation on two occasions during the course. This will contribute to the A&P grade.