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2012/2013  KAN-MLM_70  The European Union as an International Actor – Themes and Debates

English Title
The European Union as an International Actor – Themes and Debates

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Monday 13.30-15.10, week 36-41, 43-47

Changes in course schedeule may occur
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Kristian Lau 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 14-08-2012
Learning objectives
Upon completing this course, students should be able to:
  • Show understanding of the major debates relating to EU actorness and presence in the international system;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of EU power, and the means by which it acts;
  • Discuss the major recurring themes in EU foreign policy and the constraints it operates under;
  • Relate these themes to current affairs and use them as tools for analysis;
  • Formulate a research topic relating to these themes, including the appropriate use of theory;
  • Write a fully-referenced research paper on the course's themes
A general working knowledge of the European Union’s history and institutions is desirable.
The European Union as an International Actor – Themes and Debates
Research paper:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Research paper, free choice of topic, 12 standard pages (2275 characters/page).

The paper deadline is at noon on the 17th of December, in the Student Hub at SP.

Deadline for the re-exam is at noon on the 4th of February.

Please check the dates in the exam plan.
Course content
This course considers the external relations of the European Union. It focuses particularly on the major debates about EU ‘actorness’ in the international system, and on the political and institutional constraints under which EU foreign policy operates. The course also issues such as the form of influence the EU exerts and how, and discusses the nature of EU power.
Teaching methods
The course will consist of teacher’s presentations, coupled with active discussions. Students are expected to participate actively in these discussions based on the reading material.
Expected literature
Reading list:
  • Christopher Hill & Michael Smith (eds.), International Relations and the European Union, 2nd. edition, (Oxford: OUP, 2011).
  • Selection of articles
Last updated on 14-08-2012