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2012/2013  BA-BLM_BA38  The European Union as an International Actor – Issues and Policies

English Title
The European Union as an International Actor – Issues and Policies

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
skema. Onsdag kl. 11.40-14.15 uge 6-15.

ændringer kan forekomme.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Undervisningsassistent
    Kristian L. Nielsen - Department of International Business Communication
Main Category of the Course
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 11-01-2013
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 research paper based on the course themes;
  • Formulate a research question relating to the course themes, and employing theory as appropriate.
General working knowledge of the European Union’s history and institutions is desirable.
Written assignment
Written assignment:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period May/June and August
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Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
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Course content
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 11-01-2013