Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The European Union in World Politics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit focuses on the EU and world politics. Following the introduction which introduces students to the decision-making process of the EU and the provisions in the founding treaties covering the CFSP and external relations, the following seven topics will be covered: (i) the EU as a civilian power; (ii) EU integration in defence and security; (iii) the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and Disarmament; (iv) The EU’s new Trade policy “Trade for All” (v) democracy promotion, human rights, humanitarian intervention; (vi) energy security and climate changeand (vii) the external dimension of the EU’s migration policy. Similar issues can also be included and added to the list presented here from time to time to ensure that the subjects discussed reflect the major contemporary challenges which the EU faces in the world. The seminars focus on the theoretical literature on the major challenges in world politics selected for discussion and the EU response to them.

Reading List:

- Robert O. Keohane & Joseph S. Nye, POWER AND INTERDEPENDENCE, ISBN 0-321-04857-1.
- Jack Donnelly, REALISM AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Cambridge University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-521-59752-8.
- Karen E. Smith, “The End of Civilian Power EU: A Welcome Demise or Cause for Concern?”, International Spectator, April-June 2000.
- Robert Kagan, "Power and Weakness," Policy Review, No. 113 (June and July 2002).
- Kalypso Nicolaidis, “The power of the Superpowerless".
- EU Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Forsythe David P., HUMAN RIGHTS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Cambridge University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-521-62999-3.
- Robert O. Keohane and J. L. Holzgrefe, HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-52928-X.
- Sarah L. Beringer (Editor), Sylvia Maier (Editor), Markus Thiel (Editor). EU Development Policies: Between Norms and Geopolitics (International Political Economy Series). Palgrave MacMillan (31 Jan 2019)
- Finn Laursen (Editor), Christilla Roederer-Rynning (Editor)The EU and the New Trade Bilateralism: 21st Century Trade. Routledge (5 Apr 2019)
- Sieglinde Gstöhl (Author), Dirk De Bièvre (Contributor).The Trade Policy of the European Union (The European Union Series) MacMillan. 2017
- Thanos P. Dokos. Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Options for NATO and the EU (Contemporary Security Studies). Routledge. 2009
- Riccardo Alcaro. Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Crisis: Lead Groups and EU Foreign Policy-Making. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics) (2 May 2019)
- Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitrios Bourantonis. The EU and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Strategies, Policies, Actions (The European Union in International Affairs). Palgrave. 2015.
- Sergio Carrera (Author), Arie Pieter Leonhard den Hertog (Author), Marion Panizzon (Author), Dora Kostakopoulou (Author). EU External Migration Policies in an Era of Global Mobilities: Intersecting Policy Universes (Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe). BRILL Nijhof 2018.
- Jan Orbie and Fabienne Bossuyt. Comparative Perspectives on the Substance of EU Democracy Promotion. Routledge. 2018.
- Vera van Hüllen (Author). EU Democracy Promotion and the Arab Spring: International Cooperation and Authoritarianism (Governance and Limited Statehood). Palgrave MacMillan. 2015.
- Francesca Batzella (Author). The Dynamics of EU External Energy Relations: Fighting for Energy (Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies) 2017.
- Stephen Minas (Editor), Vassilis Ntousas (Editor). EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations (Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research). 2018.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite: Students who do not have a politics background must successfully complete the supplementary study-unit EST2140.

Failure in submitting the Seminar Paper or an unjustified absence in the Examination will result in an overall fail.

Class attendance is obligatory, as this is a seminar based course and assessment depends on class participation. Should a student miss more than two seminars, the lecturer may refuse to allow the student to sit for the exam.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 25%
Examination [See Add. Notes] (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Roderick Pace

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