External Relations of the European Union
Full course description
This course makes students acquainted with the specific and multi- faceted nature of EU foreign policy. It does not follow a purely institutional track, but departs from the internal and external challenges an enlarged EU is facing. The course consists of two different parts. The first part introduces students into the general framework of EU external relations: objectives, institutions, instruments, areas. It puts heavy emphasis on the unique nature of common foreign policy and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses as structural and traditional foreign policy. Moreover, it confronts EU foreign policy with the broader international context and major challenges at the beginning of the 21st century. In the second part students make an in-depth study of the EU external policy towards a third country or regional organisation. Please note that this is an elective course and available places are limited.
At the end of the course students will be able to: • Understand the main concepts and academic debates related to the external relations of the European Union; • Critically assess the role of the EU in the world and analyse it.
• Hill, C. & Smith, M. (2011). International relations of the European Union. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.