EU Foreign and Security Policy
Full course description
This course examines the EU as an foreign policy actor. The main focus is on the Common Foreign and Security Policy, but it also deals with related topics such as new security threats in the area of justice and home affairs. The emphasis of the course is on the post-Lisbon era with the European External Action Service, the EU Global Strategy and initiatives such as the European Defence Fund and PESCO. The course pays considerable attention to accountability and legitimacy in European foreign policy and the relations with other major actors, such as China and the United States. As part of the skills training, students engage in policy evaluation by writing in small groups a policy paper with concrete policy recommendations.
- Understand the historical evolution and functioning of the EU’s diplomatic and crisis management structure, and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates on EU foreign and security policy;
- Apply relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches from international relations and foreign policy analysis and the appropriate research methods to answer advanced academic questions on EU foreign and security policy;
- Evaluate the impact of EU foreign and security policy and provide policy recommendations through the means of a policy brief;
- Reach well-reasoned conclusions about EU foreign and security policy through integrating substantive knowledge, theories and methods, and making use sources and data to build evidence-based arguments, while reflecting on the societal and ethical implications of those conclusions;
- Express ideas and research findings on EU foreign and security policy to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of an academic paper and a policy brief;
- Autonomously generate new ideas and research questions of EU foreign and security policy, make substantive choices when analysing these questions, while setting priorities and a workplan within the timeframe of the course;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on EU foreign and security policy, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
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