Europe and Global Change - PO948

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 20 (10) DR T Casier







This course seeks to offer an International Relations perspective on one of the most crucial challenges today: how is Europe's role in the world changing? The course starts from the idea that the economic globalisation since the beginning of the 1990s is increasingly translated into new political structures. New players have arisen and new challenges have emerged. Inevitably this changes the role of Europe. The focus is both on wider Europe and on the EU. Both dimensions of integration and of fragmentation are taken into account, so that Europe appears in its multi-dimensional complex forms (states and regional organisations). Different aspects are dealt with: interests, power, identity, perception, institutions; regional and global impact; foreign policies, trade, development cooperation; multilateralism; global challenges (climate change, energy, financial markets, etc.). Also the varying role of the EU in international organisations (UN, WTO, IMF, etc.) is being studied. Students learn to approach these issues in a critical and balanced way.


This module appears in:


Spring Term

Method of assessment

Students write one research-based essay of approximately 5000 words studying one topic in depth.

Indicative reading

Hill C., Smith M. (eds.) (2011), International Relations and the European Union. Oxford University Press.
Bretherton C., Vogler, J. (2006), The European Union as Global Actor. London, Routledge.
Cooper, R. (2004). The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century. Atlantic Monthly Press.
Orbie, J. (ed.) (2008), Europe's Global Role. Hampshire, Ashgate.
Tonra B., Christiansen, T. (eds.) (2004), Rethinking European Union Foreign Policy. Manchester University Press.
Lucarelli, S. and Manners, I. (eds.) (2006), Values and principles in European Foreign Policy. London, Routledge.
Tiersky, R. And R. Van Oudenaren (eds.) (2010), European Foreign Policies. Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes

On successful completion students will
SLO1: have a good understanding of the changing global political and economic structures and Europe's place within them
SLO2: have a good understanding of the major challenges for Europe following from global change
SLO3: be able to critically analyse the foreign policies of the EU and of major individual European states with the outside world, both regionally and globally and in different dimensions (political, economic, security)
SLO4: be able to integrate the outsider's perspective into their analysis of European external relations
SLO5: be able to place the role of Europe and the EU in its historical and larger theoretical context
SLO6: be familiar with the core concepts, theories and debates on global change and European external relations

By helping students to progress towards these subject-specific outcomes, the module contributes to achieving the following Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO):
A1. key historical and philosophical issues in the development of European policy, together with familiarity with appropriate bibliographical sources (SLO2, 5, 6);
A2. the main legal, economic, and political parameters and dilemmas of policymaking in the EU (SLO 1, 5);
A3. how to apply general theoretical and conceptual frameworks to the analysis of specific issues and problems in domestic, regional, and international settings (SLO 5, 6);
A4. how to utilise qualitative and quantitative research methods and evaluate critically their application in the scholarly literature and in policy papers (SLO 3);
A5. how to design and conduct a research project demonstrating awareness of epistemological and methodological principles appropriate to the subject of that research project (SLO 3-6); to carry out an independent research project and write in a scholarly manner demonstrating familiarity with academic conventions (SLO 1-6)

The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module
GLO1: will be able to work with theoretical knowledge at the forefront of their discipline
GLO2: will be aware of the ethical dimensions of the scholarly work done in their discipline in general as well as of their own work in particular
GLO3: will have a comprehensive understanding of methods and methodologies in their discipline
GLO4: will be able to undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge
GLO5: will have a level of conceptual understanding that will allow them to critically evaluate research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches
GLO6: will be reflective and self-critical in their research work
GLO7: will be able to engage in academic and professional communication orally and in writing
GLO8: will have independent learning ability required for continuing professional study

By helping students to progress towards these generic learning outcomes, the module contributes to achieving the general aims of our postgraduate programmes, which aim to
- provide students with an advanced training in their relevant programmes of study
- develop the students' transferable skills emphasizing research skills, analytical and conceptual skills, independent work and self-organisation
- develop reasoned arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
- work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organization and time-management

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