Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE World Politics and the EU

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit introduces students to the theories of world politics, including the classical realist, liberal and marxist approaches as well as the more contemporary theories as for example represented by social constructivist perspectives. The study-unit covers international decision making in general, and in particular cross cutting themes such as social change, culture and identity, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, human rights and humanitarian intervention, economy, poverty and development, environment and climate change, and regionalism. The main element that this unit addresses is how these global issues are being addressed by the international community and in particular by the European Union.

Study-unit Aims:

To provide students with a strong basis of the theories and concepts of world politics which are needed to analyse general trends in world politics and contemporary issues. The knowledge attained also serves as a basis for other study-units in the course such as the EU and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (EST3200) and the EU's Mediterranean policies (EST3090).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- Be able to apply the theories of World Politics to the understanding of contemporary international challenges, policies and dilemmas;
- Be able to gain a better insight into the developments, events and movements that are shaping the lives of EU citizens;
- Be able to attain a better perspective of the context in which EU foreign policy takes place and is shaped by it;
- Have a sounder knowledge of the conceptual framework that is required to understand contemporary world/global politics and how these affect the EU.

2. Skills

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to use the knowledge attained, the theoretical and conceptual insights to better understand, analyze write or speak about contemporary world issues and how they affect the lives of citizens. The skills developed in this study-unit go much further than just providing students with knowledge of current affairs. They help them dig beneath the surface of appearances to get at a deeper meaning of what is taking place in world affairs and to apply theoretical and conceptual methods to understand them. At the end of the course, students should be able to analyze and write on international issues and problems in a more systematic and organic form and to draw necessary implications for policy-making and implementation by the EU.

Reading List:

- Andrew Heywood, Global Politics. New York, USA: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. ISBN 9781137349262
Charles W. Kegley, JR. & Shannon L. Blanton, World Politics: Trends and Transformation. Boston, USA: Cengage Learning, 2017.
- John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, Oxford University Press, Fifth Edition, 2011.

Students will also be directed towards interesting journal articles some of which will be placed on VLE.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Alan Cordina

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