Europe, Multilateralism and Multipolarity
Full course description
This course examines the challenges facing Europe in the context of a changing global order. Having critically explored the EU’s traditional support for “effective multilateralism”, it also considers the implications of an emerging multipolar world. In addition to discussing the theoretical and conceptual approaches to multilateralism and multipolarity, and the Europe’s place in these, we will study the EU’s developing relationships with global powers and strategic partners such as the United States and China. A further dimension in this context are the EU’s relations with, and its support for, regional cooperation in other global regions such as Asia and Latin America. As part of the skills training, students work in groups to put together a communication, press and social media portfolio for one of the emerging countries.
- Understand the main conceptual and theoretical approaches concerning multilateralism and multipolarity in the field of international relations;
- Analyse the relations between the Europe, other (emerging powers) and important regional actors;
- Apply the main conceptual and theoretical approaches concerning multilateralism and multipolarity to advanced academic questions about Europe’s relations with the rest of the world;
- Evaluate and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates about multilateralism and multipolarity;
- Communicate ideas and positions on Europe’s relations with emerging powers to European and international professional audiences and the general public using traditional (press) and online (social) media;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on Europe, multilateralism and multipolarity, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
Keukeleire, S. & Hooijmaaijers, B. (2014). The BRICS and Other Emerging Power Alliances and Multilateral Organizations in the Asia-Pacific and the Global South: Challenges for the European Union and Its View on Multilateralism. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52(3), 582–599.
Ikenberry, G. J. (2014) ‘The Illusion of Geopolitics: The Enduring Power of the Liberal Order’, Foreign Affairs 93.
Howorth, J. (2016) ‘EU Global Strategy in a changing world: Brussels’ approach to the emerging powers’, Contemporary Security Policy 37(3): 389–401.