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2015/2016  BA-BEUBV1001U  Foreign Policy of the European Union

English Title
Foreign Policy of the European Union

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for Bachelor of Arts in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Kristian L. Nielsen - Department of International Business Communication (IBC)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Political leadership and public management
  • Political Science
Last updated on 16-02-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: 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 application;
  • 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 employ theory as appropriate.
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Winter
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 teacher’s presentations and active classroom discussions. Students are expected to participate actively in these activities based on the reading material.
Further Information

Course schedule: wednesday 13.30 - 16.05, week 37-41,43-47.
changs may occur.

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 16-02-2015