Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Foreign Policy of European States

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION The primary objective of this study-unit is to review the foreign policies of key European nation states and provide a thorough understanding of their role within European and international affairs.

The unit will introduce students to domestic political factors that impact foreign policy decision-making and priorities, and the historical and geopolitical foreign policy traditions that inform contemporary interests and foreign policy choices. The course will undertake a detailed assessment of current issues within the foreign policies of European States, including relations within the EU, bilateral and multilateral relations and partnerships, both within European and beyond, and the security issues and strategic postures of these states.

Countries that will be examined include the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to give the students a thorough understanding of how key European states conduct foreign policy, how foreign policy is made, what are the key issues, what are the major constraints and what are the ultimate outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- comprehend the different needs of different players in I.R.;
- comprehend how different facets of I.R. contribute towards foreign policy making;
- discuss the needs of European states;
- describe how history, resources, locality, and regionality impact on foreign policy making.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- evaluate the methods and tools adopted by states on the international circuit;
- discuss long term trends and patterns in the foreign policies of these states;
- analyse the impact of their foreign policy decisions on regional and international political developments.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Daddow, O. & Gaskarth (Ed.), J British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- Held, D. Progressive Foreign Policy: New Directions for the UK (Polity Press, 2007).
- Reynolds, D. Britannia Overruled – British Policy and World Power in the 20th Century (Longman, 2000).
- Self, R. British Foreign and Defence Policy since1945: challenges and dilemmas in a changing world (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).
- Absalom, R. Italy since 1800: A Nation in the Balance? (Longman Publishing, 1995).
- Romano, S. Guida alla politica estera Italiana: Da Badoglio a Berlusconi (Rizzoli 2002).
- Knapp, A & Wright. V. (2006) Government and Politics of France. Routledge.
- Guyomarch, A. et al (1998) France in the European Union Macmillan.
- Webber.M. et al (2002) Foreign Policy in a Transformed World.
- Vedrine.H. (2001) France in an Age of Globalization.
- Ruane. J (2003) Europe's Old States and the New World Order: The Politics of Transition in Britain, France and Spain.
- Styan, D (2006) France and Iraq: Oil, Arms and French Policy Making in the Middle East.
- Lindenau, L, (2010) The Permissive Use of Force: A Window of Change for Germany.
- Lantis, J.S. (2002) Strategic Dilemmas and the Evolution of German Foreign Policy.
- Scott, E (2003) German Foreign Policy, Navigating New Era.
- Hofhansel, C, (2005) Multilateralism, German Foreign Policy and Central Europe.
- Haack, P, (2007) Talking Intervention – Attitudes Towards German Foreign Policy.
- Leithner, A, (2009) Shaping German Foreign Policy: History, Memory and National Interest.
- Carr, Raymond. Modern Spain, 1875-1980. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.
- Carr, Raymond (ed.). The Republic and the Civil War in Spain. London: Macmillan, 1971.
- Carr, Raymond, and Juan Pablo Fusi. Spain: Dictatorship to Democracy. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1979.
- Fusi, Juan Pablo. Franco. (Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, trans.) New York: Harper and Row, 1987.
- Pereira, (2003). La política exterior de España (1800-2003). Barcelona: Ariel.
- Gillespie, Richard (2007). Spanish Foreign Policy: Party Alternatives or the Pursuit of Consensus?’ Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 9/1, 2007.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Valentina Cassar

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