Europe and the World - PO566

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5)




Preference may be given to Politics and International Relations students (single and joint Honours).



This module focuses on European foreign policy, i.e. the ‘external dimension’ of European politics, exploring the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world. Following the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU now stands poised to unleash significant foreign policy potential in its neighbourhood, and beyond. The difference between the EU and ‘Europe’ will be examined in component fashion through the foreign policies of some of the major European states.
Thereafter, the foreign policy tools of the EU will be looked at, after moving into an in-depth thematic treatment of the key foreign policy issues facing the EU vis-à-vis its security, defence, economic, trade and development relations, and its dynamics with ‘rising powers’, the US, its eastern and southern neighbours in Central Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Other issues include its burgeoning military capacity and a growing set of overseas military missions. Broader themes will include the impact of global developments on Europe, the international significance of European integration and the more general role of Europe in the new world order This course will draw on theories from political science and international relations and concepts defining Europe’s global role.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

150 hours including 22 hours lecture/seminar; 128 study hours

Method of assessment

50% coursework (seminar participation 15%, essay of 3,000 words 35%); 50% exam (2hr)

Indicative reading

Cameron, Fraser (2012). An Introduction to European Foreign Policy. London, Routledge. 2nd Edition
C. Hill & M. Smith (eds.) , International Relations and the European Union 2nd Edition (Oxford: OUP, 2011)
S. Keukeleire, The Foreign Policy of the European Union, Palgrave 2014
K. Smith, EU Foreign Policy in a Changing World Third edition (Polity Press, 2014)
I. Manners & R. Whitman (eds), The Foreign Policies of the European Union Member States (Manchester, MUP, 2000)
J. Howorth, Security and Deference Policy in the European Union 2nd Edition (Palgrave 2014)
J. Orbie (ed.), Europe’s Global Role: External Policies of the European Union. Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008
C.Hill & R. Wong (eds), National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanization (Routledge 2011)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Understand the complex inter-relationship between Europe and the rest of the world, with particular reference to the debates surrounding the issues of globalisation and integration;
- Identify, analyse and assess the impact of contemporary global economic, political, environmental and security developments on Europe;
- Compare and contrast the response of European states to these global challenges, both through their national foreign policies and collectively through the European Union;
- Assess the extent of the 'Europeanisation' of the foreign policies of EU member states and explain the differences between states and policy areas;
- Analyse and explain the development of the external economic and political policies of the European Union and assess their impact on the rest of the world;
- Critically assess the EU's success in achieving its policy goals and engage in the theoretical discourse on such issues as normative power, the capabilities/expectations gap, identity, and fortress Europe;
- Effectively present well-informed arguments both orally and in writing on the theoretical and empirical issues raised by the analysis of the inter-relationship between Europe and the world.

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