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2013/2014  BA-BLM_BA52  Foreign Policy of the European Union

English Title
Foreign Policy of the European Union

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
changes in schedule may occur.
wednesday 13.30-16.05 week 6-8,10-16
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for BA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Kristian L. Nielsen - Department of International Business Communication (IBC)
Main academic disciplines
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 02-01-2014
Learning objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the major debates about EU actorness and the various forms of EU power and their applicaiton;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of EU policies towards neighbouring regions;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the key EU policies in a number of areas;
  • Critically evaluate EU positions on some key issues in current international politics;
  • Understand the dynamics of some of the EU's major bilateral relationships with other powers;
  • Discuss the basis for the critique that EU foreign policy is too ineffective;
  • Write a fully-referenced paper based on the course themes;
  • Formulate a research question relating to the course themes, and employing theory as appropriate.
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Students choose their own topics, subject to approval by the lecturer.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period May/June
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
This course considers the external relations of the European Union across a range of the most important policy fields. In doing so, it discusses to what extent the EU is emerging as a proper actor in the international system. The course also examines the EU's position on some of the major issues of current international politics, as well as some of its bilateral relationships with other powers.
Teaching methods
The course will consist of both teacher’s and students’ presentations, coupled with active discussions. Students are expected to participate actively in these activities based on the reading material.
Expected literature
Fraser Cameron: An Introduction to European Foreign Policy, Second Edition, Routledge, 2012.

Selected articles

NB: This is a preliminary list, and may be subject to change before the course starts. Make sure to check the course website in Learn.
Last updated on 02-01-2014