Course Description

Course Name

The European Union and International Relations

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course aims at providing an informed understanding of the European Union as an actor in the international arena. The first part looks at how globalisation, the rise of new powers, new security threats, and the expansion of foreign policy agendas have changed the nature of the EU?s action in international politics. The second part looks more specifically to the relations between the EU and the developing world, paying attention to issues such as foreign aid, security and development, trade and development, and the promotion of human rights, democracy, and good governance.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
  • have a firm command of leading theoretical approaches to European integration and European foreign policy;
  • understand the historical development of the EU as a global actor;
  • evaluate all the policy instruments the EU uses in international politics;
  • appreciate the main factors shaping the main determinants of policy-making and behaviour in European foreign policy;
  • assess the role that the EU plays in various regions of the world.
  • Tutorial participation (10%). Part of the mark would be based on assessment of a presentation or similar, which will be marked by the lecturer. The delivery of the presentation will count into the mark and students will get feedback on it. Adjustments and/or alternative modes of assessment will be available for the participation/presentation elements of assessment for students with disabilities which hinder attendance or prevent public speaking.
  • One essay of between 4,000 and 4,5000 words. (90%).

*Course content subject to change